From the outset, our focus is on building a constructive and co-operative relationship between Ashwell Academy and the transferring student’s host school and/or the Local Authority service managing the transition. To provide the student with the best possible chance to integrate well and maximise the opportunities presented by Ashwell Academy, the transfer process will be underpinned by a Commissioning Contract Link to support our policy and procedures for an effective transition.

Ashwell Academy’s Admissions Policy is available to all prospective commissioners of the service.


We have a transparent commissioning protocol with clearly defined stages for collecting information to ensure a successful transition into Ashwell Academy.

The stages within the protocol include:

  • a rigorous case review meeting that will include the Academy Principal, representatives from the host school, local authority service, parents/carers and other relevant organisations;
  • a firm commitment on behalf of the host school and/or local authority service to provide prior all existing and available student records, related academic performance data and statutory records, e.g. attainment at KS2 and KS3, attendance, behaviour, SEN, and reasons for exclusion:
  • a commissioning report will be produced outlining the needs of the student and the provision that will be made available within a personalised learning programme;
  • a final meeting with the parents/carers and the student to spell out the detail of the provision that will be made and the expectations of the Academy in terms of behaviours, attitudes and commitment expected from students.

Ashwell Academy and its service partners recognise that not all students referred will necessarily thrive within the ethos and culture of the alternative provision offered and that for some young people other forms of provision will be more suitable e.g. some ‘gifted and talented’ students may have distinctly different aspirations despite the underlying reasons for their referral. For this reason, there will be a full induction offered on the basis of a temporary placement so that the suitability of the placement can be assessed.

From the start, we will initiate and maintain a formal parent/carer partnership which will be supported rigorously by our staff, even in the face of potential reluctance in the first instance.