Gesher children are unique, individual and learn in their own special way. They may benefit from being educated differently in regard to communication and social interaction, tailoring and adapting the environment to their own learning style. Gesher children will likely have mild-moderate social difficulties, learning needs, and/or autism. Many children have sensory processing difficulties and need support with their attention skills. Gesher School is not a school for children whose primary need is emotional and behavioural difficulties or severe/complex learning difficulties. Children that attend Gesher School will come from a family that understands and respects the values and ethos of the school and the Jewish way of life. However, children from all religions and cultural backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Currently, Gesher offers primary and secondary provisions from Reception through to Year 9, with further classes being added annually until the school reaches full capacity. Pupils can be admitted throughout the academic year, but most places are assigned at the beginning of each term. Pupils will typically have a Statement of Special Educational Needs, an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), or be undergoing a formal assessment. However, this is not a compulsory requirement for attendance at Gesher. Parents of children with EHCPs can apply to their Local Authority to have Gesher’s school fees paid/partially paid.

Parents can also self-fund their child’s place. Fees for the academic year 2023/24 are set at £38,200 per annum for primary placements and £44,700 for secondary placements; for the academic year 2024/25 they will be £39,660 and £46,410 respectively. Gesher is not able to provide transport, and this is something that would need to be discussed with the Local Authority or arranged independently.

The initial stage of the admissions process is the submission of a Gesher Application Form – we ask that these be completed honestly and in as much detail as possible. Further reports provided by professionals working with your child are also beneficial in supporting your application. These could include reports by Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychotherapists, and Educational Psychologists, as well as any relevant school documentation that will provide us with further insight into your child’s level of need and learning style. Where possible, we also ask for an up-to-date EHCP to be submitted as part of the application, although we understand that this will not be the case for every child.

Upon reviewing the documentation, the professionals working on our multi-disciplinary admissions team will decide whether they feel Gesher could be a suitable educational setting for that child. If so, the child will be invited to an in-school observation that will take place within school hours. During this time, the child alone will accompany two members of the Admissions Team into various areas of the school and will be encouraged to participate in several tasks presented in the form of games and activities. Parents are invited to wait in our reception area. In specific circumstances, we may request a further observation period involving the child attending the school for up to 1-3 days.

Following the observation assessment, the admissions team will decide whether they feel Gesher can appropriately meet the child’s needs. A child-centred approach will enable the admissions team to ensure Gesher School is the right provision for your child, and the views of parents, professionals and the child will be considered. For more information or if you would like to arrange to join a tour of the school, please contact an admissions team member via [email protected]. [email protected]

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