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Secondary Placement

Most educational provision for children and young people sits within the universal offer such as differentiated learning and more targeted intervention. Specialist education is for those with more complex needs, usually those who have an Education, Health and Care plan.

In York there are different types of specialist provision to meet different needs: Specialist Outreach support for those in mainstream schools, Enhanced Resource Provisions (ERPs) which are centrally resourced provisions in mainstream schools, Satellites and Special Schools.

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To view the Ordinarily Available Provisions Document, click here.

This document aims to set out:

  • Who shares responsibilities for identifying children / young people' needs and meeting them.
  • What resources are available to educational settings in York.
  • What types of ordinarily available provision can be made for children and young people
  • How requests for EHC needs assessment can be made.


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There are two ERPs for secondary age pupils in York based at Joseph Rowntree School and Fulford School.

Notes for Parents: Admission to an Enhanced Resource Provision (ERP)


Joseph Rowntree and Fulford ERP

Each setting provides 10 places for Y7-11 for young people (YP) who have a diagnosis of Autism, an EHCP and have a level of complexity that means their needs are best suited to an ERP. The YP spend the majority of their time (approximately 80%) in the mainstream classes with specialist support and intervention to enable this greater access to the mainstream curriculum. They work towards achieving qualifications at GCSE or equivalent level.

Both ERP leads have post graduate qualifications in Autism and have received SCERTS training. Many of the TAs have additional specialist qualifications and/or are experienced in working with CYP with complex Communication and Interaction needs.

Timetables are personalised to reflect areas of strength and areas for development. The curriculum is supplemented by modified PSHE and Work/Life skills group work and 1:1 sessions.  Assessments inform the planning of targeted work and long and short term outcomes. There is wrap-around support offered in the ERP before school, at breaks and lunchtimes and after school.

In each setting there are lots of additional opportunities for CYP in the ERP e.g. Peripatetic lessons: Drumming, 6th form support, Dramatherapy, yoga therapy sessions, Weekly Read to the Dog sessions, Lego Therapy, Sportability, Homework support, Movie Club, Circle Time, Coffee mornings, regular visits to local shops and further afield.

“The ERP has enabled my son to access mainstream education by providing specialist support and understanding allowing him to meet his full potential. We wouldn't be where we are as a family without this provision and the wonderful staff.”


Visit the Joseph Rowntree website

Visit the Fulford ERP website


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The Satellites are part of Applefields Special School’s overall curriculum offer and offers access to the provision within a mainstream secondary school. All the teaching and support staff are employed by Applefields School and all students are on Applefields School roll and are included in events at Applefields School.

There are two satellite provisions for children and young people with Cognition and Learning Needs at Millthorpe School and Manor Academy.

There is one satellite called the Orchard Provision for children and young people with Autism/Aspergers and extreme anxiety who would struggle in mainstream classes at Manor Academy.


We can’t emphasise enough the difference Orchard provision has made to our family. The focus on communication, emotional resilience and personal development has had such a positive impact. We have seen a reduction in meltdowns as our son is increasingly able to talk about issues that are affecting him and articulate how he is feeling. This is combined with a growing sense of independence which gives us great confidence for the future. The professional and understanding approach of the staff, personalised learning and ability to access appropriate mainstream lessons has built our son’s confidence and self-esteem. Cookery, Woodland Classroom and attending the gym at Applefields have been real highlights. Thank you!!


Websites and Criteria:

To view information on Milthorpe Satellite, click here.

See Milthorpe Criteria here.

To view information on Orchard Satellite at Manor Academy, click here.

See Orchard Criteria here.


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In York, Applefields School provides education and outreach support for young people with moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties aged 11 – 19 years. The school also supports a significant number of young people with complex autism as an additional need. The school provides young people with a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum to help them develop their communication, personal and social independence skills and confidence in preparation for life after school. Young people are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of teachers and teaching assistants. Additional support is provided by nursing, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy staff who are based at the school. The school is well equipped with specialist curriculum facilities, a hydrotherapy pool and teaching resources.

In addition to the classes and facilities on the main site, Applefields School has a partnership arrangement for an inclusive satellite provision based at both Mlilthorpe and Manor Academy. Students based in these provisions are on the full time roll of Applefields School, are taught by Applefields School staff in a dedicated classroom base, but also have supported access to appropriate mainstream lessons, lunch, break and social activities.

Admissions to Applefields School are dealt with on an individual basis.

Admission decisions are made by the Education Health and Care Panel based on evidence submitted by professionals working with you.

If it is likely that your child may need specialist provision, the professionals working with you will suggest that you visit the school. All young people who attend Applefields School will have an Education Health and Care Plan or a statement of special educational needs. This will be discussed at the annual review in year 5. You can discuss this option with your child’s SENCo.


"I think it is really important that you find a SENCo that you can get along with, who understands your child and your concerns. My son’s SENCo is wonderful. We had a number of conversations and meetings before Calum finished year 6. We were given a school floor plan, photos of the teaching assistants that would be working with him and key words for each of his subjects so he could feel prepared". Parent


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To view a list of approved Independent Special Schools and Special Post 16 institutions in the UK please view the Section 41 Secretary of State approved list document. The Government website also has a list of non maintained and independent special schools in England.


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For children and young people with complex needs who are unable to attend school or settings we can offer a personalised programme through a personal educational budget. To be eligible for a personalised programme children and young people will need an education health care plan.


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Danesgate Community School

The Danesgate Community School is York’s provision for children, aged between 5 and 16 years, who cannot attend mainstream or special school due to social, emotional and behavioural needs.

The Danesgate Community School works in partnership with all the city’s primary, secondary and special schools to ensure the needs of individual students are met. Home based tuition is provided if needed. The Danesgate Community’s mission is to ensure that young people who are disengaged from education or feel unable to attend school can achieve outcomes that will allow them to succeed and make a positive contribution to society. Young people are referred to the Danesgate Community School by their current school, health colleagues, social care, Integrated Youth Support Services or the Traveller and Ethnic Minority Service.



Last Updated: July 2019