Referrals & Admissions

Acorn Park Autism School is a specialist autism school for children with an EHCP and a diagnosis of Autism. In addition, there may also be additional needs presented such as:

  • Moderate to severe learning difficulties
  • Challenges with emotional regulation that may lead to problematic or challenging behaviours
  • Challenges in developing effective communication skills
  • Difficulties with social interaction and building relationships
  • Little or no awareness of danger and keeping safe
  • A requirement for 1:1 support throughout waking hours.
  • Other needs that can be supported through a multidisciplinary approach


In most cases, SEN departments of local authorities will send referrals or placement enquiries directly to the school or to the regional admissions manager for consideration. Parents and carers can choose to name Acorn Park on their child’s EHCP. When a local authority agrees the school can meet need they will liaise with the school on the behalf of parents/carers.

Acorn Park will carefully review every referral, consider if they can meet needs based upon the information presented in the EHCP, and where appropriate, the supplementary reports and assessments that can accompany a referral. The school will also consider the classroom spaces that are available, alongside the current cohort within the school and our homes, when the referral is for residential placement. We may also visit the child, either in their current placement or at home, in order to continue to assess potential suitability for placement at Acorn Park.

Our Admissions Manager will manage this process, communicating with local authorities and parents every step of the way.

To enquire about a potential admission to Acorn Park please contact James Taylor-Lawrence, Admissions Manager at






Your child's first 100 days at Acorn Park School

During your child’s first 100 days we help them to settle into their new school and/or home whilst building a picture of your child’s strengths, interests, ambitions and challenges. these include:

  • Where their communication and learning challenges are having the biggest impact on their lives
  • Emotional and environmental triggers and behaviours
  • Level of flexibility or rigidity and adaptability
  • A profile of a child’s social communication skills and their capacity for emotional regulation
  • An understanding of a child’s sensory sensitivities
  • Strengths and challenges in daily living skills
  • National Curriculum levels
  • Levels of fine and gross motor skills


Each new student has created for them a communication, learning and lifestyle plan based on the information we have at this point which is then monitored, reviewed and modified as necessary.