William Morris College is an independent Specialist College for young people with moderate to severe learning difficulties.
William Morris College provides specialist further education and is able to meet the individual and diverse needs of young people aged between 16 and 25 with a wide range of learning difficulties and associated disabilities.
We provide day and residential courses which are individualised to meet the needs of each student.
The college has a highly experienced admissions team, who are able to provide advice and guidance through each stage of the admission process. The college considers all applications on the grounds of its ability to meet individual needs and best interests within the overall capacity of college provision and with regard to equal opportunities legislation.
William Morris Application Process
William Morris House is committed to effectively meeting the needs of all its students; providing them with an enjoyable and meaningful transition into college life.
To ensure that accurate information is gathered on all potential students, detailed pre-entry assessments take place before the student attends William Morris House.
William Morris College admission and assessment process consists of the following:
- Informal visit - visit the college and meet the staff
- Submit an application for consideration
- Assessment visits are made to current provision and home setting
- Activity Day
- Conditional offer of placement made
- Funding agreed by relevant authorities
- Transition visits arranged
- Start date confirmed.
Here’s a step-by-step guide of what to expect from our admissions process:
- Initial visits are arranged on request. Visitors are shown around the college and meet with key staff.
- Parents and visitors are sent a prospectus which includes an application form/term dates/admissions procedures/curriculum overview. Information about the local offer is also included.
- Our S41 Symbol means parents have rights if William Morris is named in the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).
- Completed applications forms go to the admissions team where a decision is made using specified criteria. If an applicant is not suitable for any reason we send a letter explaining why.
- At the assessment day, we write a learner profile and make arrangements including support, meal time, workshop preferences and parent, social worker discussions. On the day, the timetable includes speech and language and therapy assessments, Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills assessment. Parents are interviewed by the care and education team with a question and answer format.
- Following the assessment day, the admissions team reviews all information and a decision is taken to offer a place or not. An official offer of placement will be made to parents or If a decision is made not to offer a place then a letter is sent to explain the reason for the decision.
- An assessment visit to a current placement may be arranged and recorded on home/school visit checklist.
- Once acceptance of placement has been received, Our Head of Education and Care complete assessments and costings that are finalized with the Head of Finance. The Funding application and assessment is sent to the local authority. The Local Authority may send the application to a Panel decision if unsuccessful, parents have the right to appeal with their own lawyer or legal aid at a tribunal hearing of the court.
Once the start date is agreeed, a detailed transition support plan will be developed.