Weldbank Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 3NQ
01257 249803

Admissions to Our School

Admission to Shaftesbury High School is only possible from your child having been referred to us from either Lancashire County Council's Pupil Access Team or from a mainstream high school in Chorley or South Ribble where pupils live in the residential districts of 07 or 09 of the Local Authority. High Schools that fall within our catchment are listed below.

Reasons to Come to Our School

Referrals to Shaftesbury High School come in the following categories:-

Permanent Exclusion

If you have received notification of a Permanent Exclusion from a mainstream high school for your child and have either decided not to appeal, or the decision to Permanently Exclude your child has been upheld at appeal, a referral will be made to us by Lancashire County Council's, Area Education Office for Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire.  Further information is available on their website page on Permanent Exclusions or you can contact them directly at:

South Area Education Office
Level 1 Christ Church Precinct
County Hall


Exclusions from school telephone numbers are 01772 532109.

South Ribble and Chorley Mainstream Reintegration Panel Dates  


New to Area/Country

If your child moves into Chorley or South Ribble and they are not able to be integrated into a mainstream high school for whatever reason then a referral will be made to us for them to resume their education as soon as possible. This could be on a temporary basis or possibly for the foreseeable future.

Each and every referral is considered on its individual circumstances. Sometimes it may be agreed that your child receives their education from one of the above schools but that we dual register them so that should anything happen and their placement fails at mainstream we at Shaftesbury High School will then be able to arrange an admissions meeting quickly and are ready to 'pick up' their education with minimum interruption to their studies.

Dual registration is usually only for an agreed short period of time whereby regular reviews are held by Pupil Access to ensure your child settles well. You will be kept informed of progress by a member of Pupil Access Team directly.

If you are new to our country and either speak little or no English, arrangements will be made for a translator to support you and your child where available.


Children Missing Education (CME) or Returning from Elective Home Education (EHE)

Pupils who have missed a considerable amount of their education from a mainstream high school may also be referred to us by Pupil Access and/or the CME Team. We will endeavour to provide education for your child to enable them to either reintegrate back into a mainstream high school or to focus on core subjects such as English and Maths in order to sit exams and allow them to move into further education or engage with vocational studies to build on skills that will support employment opportunities. Both aim to give them a good foundation on which to build their future. 

Medical Referral - Shaftesbury High School OASIS Provision

Referrals are made to us by your child's school.  A place here is based on a medical need for respite and educational support.  There will need to be a CAMHS Consultant/Medical Consultant working with your child.  In some instances referrals are due to acute medical needs but others are for more chronic conditions that have specific restrictions on regular attendance in a mainstream school setting.

Admission Timescales

All requests for places here are to be submitted by your child's mainstream school to the fortnightly Local Authority Panel Meetings.  Once authorised the request to admit your child will be passed to us where our standard admission timescales will then apply by following the same process as Intervention referrals below.

Each referral is based on an individual's needs and progress with their medical condition but most are for a maximum of 2 school terms during which regular reviews are held with you, your mainstream school and CAMHS.

Inside Shaftesbury High School OASIS

Please take a look and share the document below that helps to show the small classroom environments and some staff information that you and your child might find helpful in preparing for a medical place with us.


Intervention Referral

We offer full or part-time Intervention Programmes to pupils in KS3 and KS4 who are on roll at high schools within our catchment area. This offers a fresh start for their education where they may have been struggling with circumstances that effect their engagement or attendance with education in their mainstream school, such as:

  • Repeated behaviour & disruption issues
  • Attendance concerns
  • At risk of permanent exclusion
  • Surrounding family issues that continue to cause disruption to education

Parents will be contacted by their child's high school and offered the opportunity of discussing a referral onto an Intervention Programme. Your child will remain on roll with their mainstream school and they will fund a place with us with an agreed timetable aimed to engage them in core subjects as well as offering them the opportunity to study a vocational programme with one of our offsite providers. Read more about our providers here. In all cases your child will be dual registered with us and their mainstream school and in most cases your child will attend with us for all of their provision with the support of their mainstream school at reviews where needed. Should you or your child wish not to continue on an Intervention Programme then their mainstream school will resume with educational provision where possible.