The Springfields Academy

Reach South Academy Trust

Our central mission is for Reach South pupils to aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others place on them.

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Admissions and Transitions

We are a Reach South Specialist Academy who primarily cater for up t0 230 pupils with autism, across our North and South sites. Every pupil at the academy has and Education, Health Care Plan.

Admissions Referrals

All referrals for admission to The Springfields Academy should come from Central SEND Services, Department for Children and Education, Wiltshire Council. We also accept referrals from neighbouring authorities with the knowledge of Wiltshire Council.

All admission consultations must be sent to: 

Admissions consultations are considered by our admissions panel who meet weekly. The panel is made up of:

  • Headteacher (Admissions Chair) - Nicola Whitcombe
  • Assistant Headteacher SENCO (Admissions Lead) - Connie Knight
  • Head of Therapy - Liz Burns
  • Assistant Headteacher - Lee Davidson
  • Assistant Headteacher - Samantha Cottrell 
  • Deputy SENCO - Maxine Page
  • Deputy SENCO - Laura Wells
  • Parent Support Advisor - Therese Flaherty
  • Admissions Admins - Alice Bush

Details of our admissions criteria and processes are detailed within our Admissions Policy:

Admissions Transitions to Springfields

Every pupil's transition to Springfields is personalised to pupil need. Our aim is always to ensure that transitions to the Academy are as smooth as possible, reducing any anxieties our pupils may have.

An individualised admissions transition program may include:

Visits to the Academy with the PSA

Transition 'Team around the Child' meeting

Transition social skills support via Padlet (online virtual platform) or booklet which includes:

  • Photographs of the pupils new teacher and key staff members 
  • Photographs of their new classroom and key areas on the site
  • Social skills support e.g. social stories
  • Prospective timetable

Transition visits (time in the provision)

Parent/carer coffee morning:

  • Meet key staff member
  • Find out important information
  • Complete admissions paperwork
  • Order uniform

Phased transition into school timetable

Transitions to another provision

We aim to ensure all transitions from our setting are successful for all our pupils. We work closely with new providers to ensure they have clear, up to date information about pupils. In many cases we offer autism support and guidance to the new setting to ensure a smooth transition for the pupil. 

An individualised transition program may include:

Supported visits to the new setting

Transition 'Team around the Child' meeting

Transition social skills support via Padlet (online virtual platform) or booklet which includes:

  • Photographs of key staff members 
  • Photographs of their new setting
  • Social skills support e.g. social stories

Travel Training (Post 16)

Pupil Information/key documents shared with new provider(s):

  • Education, Health Care Plan
  • Most Recent Annual Review
  • Recent Professional Reports (e.g. SALT, OT, CAHMS, Medical)
  • Safeguarding file
  • CTF

Post 16 Transitions Handbook


Admissions and Transitions Key Contacts:

Admissions Enquiries and Consultations:

Admissions Chair - Headteacher, Nicola Whitcombe - 

Admissions Lead, Assistant Headteacher SENCo, Connie Knight

Post 16 Transitions Lead - Assistant Headteacher, Lee Davidson - 

Parent Support Advisor, Therese Flaherty -

Head of Therapy, Liz Burns -