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Application & admissions

Simple and straightforward process

St Piers School and College offer places for students with epilepsy, autism, severe learning difficulties, speech, language, and communication needs, and sensory and/or physical needs. 

In both settings, we work with young people to create personalised learning programmes appropriate to their individual needs and abilities. Our aim is to help them to fulfil realistic aspirations, achieve their goals, and develop meaningful and relevant skills for everyday life in society

The applications and admissions process is simple and straightforward. 

Please follow the steps below and don’t hesitate get in touch if you have any queries, using the contact details at the bottom of this page.   

How to apply  

We know that the application and funding process can seem a bit daunting but we’re here to support you every step of the way.  

Our expert admissions team are happy to guide you through the process and are on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

1. Join one of our virtual open days

We hold virtual open days regularly throughout the year. Dates and links to book places are available here - virtual open days and informal visits

2. Come for an informal visit  

If the virtual open day has made you think we might be the right school or college for your son or daughter, call us to arrange an informal visit or, if you’re ready to apply, you can go straight to stage 3 and complete an application form

3. Complete an application form 

Download an application form or simply email us at and we'll send you one. 

4. Return the form and supporting documents 

Check the website and application form to make sure you have included everything. Having all right information speeds the process along and means we don’t have to come back to you to ask for more!

5. Application review 

Our specialist team will review your application and, if we think we can meet your son or daughter's needs, we will contact you to arrange an assessment and familiarisation visit. We will also let your local authority know you have expressed an interest in a St Piers place for your son or daughter.

6. Familiarisation visit 

You and your child will spend time with experts from some of our teams, including education, residential (if you're looking for a residential placement), therapy and medical. 

7. St Piers’ decision 

Following the familiarisation visit, we will let you know if we can meet your child’s needs and offer them a place with us. 

8. Placement offer goes to local authority 

We will submit a formal offer, together with your son or daughter's assessment reports and a funding request, to your local authority. 

9. Local authority decision 

Your local authority will let you know if they agree that we can meet your child's needs and whether or not they will fund the placement. 

Find out more about choosing St Piers School and College 

If you want to know more about why St Piers School is the right choice for your child, or St Piers College the right choice for your further education, please contact us: 


Call 01342 831348  

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Guiding principles

Our purpose is to create an environment of growth, where young people can thrive and become a valued part of their community.

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We offer places for students with epilepsy, autism, severe learning difficulties, communication needs, and sensory and/or physical needs. 

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Journey of discovery

A nurturing journey of discovery in which students grow as individuals, find their independence and explore their capacity to live life to the full.

Residential care

We offer residential boarding options, both weekly and termly, single rooms in spacious, well-equipped houses.


Our fantastic range of facilities that nurture physical, emotional and mental health, personal development and essential life skills.