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Admissions Welcome

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision, and we are here to help – every step of the way.




Enquiries can be made via the enquiry form on this website, by telephoning the School admissions team on 01223 277438 and choosing option 2, or by email


Parent/Carers will be invited to visit Gretton at one our open afternoons in the first instance, please look at the list of open afternoon dates or contact the admissions team by email or phone to book a visit on one of these days. Alternatively, visit our Virtual Tour section for an online trip around our provision.

We have a team of friendly, dedicated staff ready to help you through each step of the process from initial enquiry through to placement and transition to Gretton School.  So why not give us a call and see how we can help your young person today!

Meet the Admissions Team:


Dr McCombie

Research & Assessment Psychologist


Ms Medeisiute

Transitions Support & Medication Coordinator
(Maternity Leave)


Ms Overton

Referrals Administrator

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Ms Nabavian

Admissions Officer

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Ms Copping

Transitions Officer (Maternity Cover)

"I’d just like to say your assessment team are amazing.  I think this is the most accurate and in depth insight into ‘J’ that we’ve ever had "

- Parent

Should a formal request for placement be made, students papers will be reviewed to ensure criteria is met and we will arrange for a day or boarding assessment to be undertaken, if appropriate, and produce an assessment report detailing the placement offer and fees, if appropriate.

Once a placement has been agreed by the local authority, we will develop and implement a comprehensive transition plan working closely with class staff and parent/carers to ensure a successful transition to the school.

"You were so patient and informative and made what could have been a stressful morning as easy as can be!"

- Parent​ of assessment student

Criteria for admission:

Students must have a final or proposed Education, Health and Care Plan and will be diagnosed with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. However, due to the variation in diagnostic terminology, students may be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, autism spectrum condition or autism.

Upon admission, a baseline assessment is undertaken and used in conjunction with students’ Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) to help develop Individual Education Plans, Behaviour Plans and, where relevant, Placement Plans.

These person-centred plans detail students’ individualised academic, leisure and therapy programmes. They also identify areas of ability and need, as well as personal aims and aspirations.

It is with regret that we are no longer exploring Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 (September 2022) referrals for the foreseeable future (i.e. if your young person is currently in Year 9 or above, moving into Year 10 or above in September 2022).


This is due to a number of recent confirmations by the local authorities meaning these year groups are now full. So please bear in mind that it is not possible to make an application for these learners at the moment. The closure of KS4 & 5 referrals will not affect students in lower Key Stages as they move up through the school into KS4. Therefore if your young person is currently in Year 8 or below (and moving into Year 9 or below in September 2022) you may still wish to come for future reference.  

It is important to stress that we do not hold a waiting list as it is in the best interests of the learners to seek alternative placement. Should you be exploring placement in the future you are of course welcome to contact us to see whether we have opened our KS4 & KS5 referrals. 

"I have to say it really was a refreshing change to have staff that really know what they are doing, and doing it right "

- Parent

Why not see what Gretton has to offer for yourself by viewing our virtual tour and student interview with our Headteacher by visiting our Open Afternoon page.

For further information about any part of our admissions process please see our admissions policy or contact a member of the admissions team.

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“Thank you so much for K’s assessment day. This morning, K woke up in his sleep and said “Mummy I was dreaming of being in Gretton School” I asked him why and his response was “because it is such a nice school, the teachers are very kind, I like the people there, I felt so calm and happy and I just loved all the outdoor space!” He has not stopped smiling ever since we left and for me, I have never seen him so happy.”