Parents/carers cannot apply for their child to attend Three Towers.
Our planned places can only be commissioned by local authorities and schools.
Wigan Council currently commissions the vast majority of our places so Wigan schools should refer to the Access & Inclusion Team for consideration of a referral to Three Towers. Referrals for a medical needs place should also be submitted via the Access and Inclusion team. This referral must be accompanied by supporting evidence from a medical professional including recommendations about the extent of support required.
Almost all of our places are commissioned on a full-time basis, although some medical needs places may be commissioned on a part-time basis for outreach support to reintegrate a child back into school.
If you are an organisation that wants to know how to commission a place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of Places
We are currently registered for 193 places across the entire provision. However, the distribution of these places varies in response to the needs of the local authority.
Referrals for permanently excluded learners are considered daily; all other referrals, including for medical needs placements are considered by the weekly Admissions & Placement Panel on Tuesday morning.
All referrals to Three Towers are considered on a needs-led basis. If we feel that we can meet the referred learner's needs, we then consider the appropriateness of the placement for that learner, as well as the effect admitting them will have on the wider group before we make a final decision to go ahead with the admission.
If we cannot meet the needs of the learner or we determine that accepting the referral is not in their best interest or that of our existing cohorts, we discuss this directly with the local authority who are statutorily responsible for providing alternative provision to permanently excluded learners.
Key Stage 1
There are four part-time intervention places which are brokered directly between the mainstream school and Three Towers. The top up funding for a place is paid by the school to Three Towers.
Key Stages 2 - 4
There are currently 24 KS2 places, 40 KS3 places with the rest used at KS4 and for medical needs including on-ward teaching at the local hospital.
Wigan Council charges schools for the use of the places in Key Stages 2 to 4 so any funding discussions should be had with the Access and Inclusion Team.
Admission and Induction Arrangements
We will endeavour to admit permanently excluded learners no later than six days from receiving the referral if we can meet their needs. However, meeting this timescale is dependent on receiving the referral information as soon as possible from the referring school.
Once a referral has been accepted the relevant Admissions & Induction procedure is followed. This process depends on
- the type of referral;
- the key stage of the learner;
- the support requested in the referral;
- the identified needs of the individual referred (including their wellness); and
- the expected outcomes for the placement at Three Towers.
Whilst personalised to the learner, the different procedures have common strands – a discussion with the previous school to get an idea of what barriers the learner faces and what strategies have been tried, as well as what led to the referral being made; completion of a risk assessment with the previous school; a meeting with parents / carers and when appropriate external agencies involved with the learner to get their perspective on what led to the referral being made; completion of a 360 pastoral assessment with the learner and their parent / carer; a handover meeting at the learner’s mainstream school to collect all work and the school records; a variety of academic baseline assessments; and a visit to the Campus for those referred for onsite provision.