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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.




General admission enquires

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 emailing Please note that that we only have spaces in the Year Groups marked "receiving applications", while we are registered from reception upwards we do not currently have any classes in reception, Year 1 or Year 2. However, we do invite referrals from current Year 2 learners looking for a Year 3 September start:

Reception - closed (no EYFS provision currently)

Year 1 - closed (no class groups currently)

Year 2 - closed (no class groups currently)

Year 3 - receiving applications

Year 4 - receiving applications

Year 5 - receiving applications

Year 6 - closed

Year 7 - closed (Year 7 open for boarding applications only)

Year 8 - closed (Year 8 open for boarding applications only)

Year 9 - closed (Year 9 open for boarding applications only)

Year 10 day - closed (Year 10 open for boarding applications only)

Year 11 - closed (receiving applications for September 2024)

Sixth Form - closed (receiving applications for September 2024)

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. 


Please see our Virtual Tour for an online tour around the school and introduction from our Head Teacher, Beth Elkins. Should you wish to come to school in person, we encourage parents/carers to attend an open afternoon. Please note, due to demand, we are limiting places on the open afternoons to one person per household due to numbers. Should you have any accessibility requirements please do contact us. Please look at the list of open afternoon dates and use the online booking system to book on. This will allow you to register your interest for fully subscribed days and be notified should a place become available

Applications & criteria for admission:

If you have reached the decision that you would like to apply for a place at Gretton please contact the local authority and request them to share the relevant paperwork to  Please note the following eligibility criteria (and refer to the admissions policy for full details). 

  • we have space in an appropriate class/peer group (see above);

  • they have a diagnosis of autism;

  • they have a proposed draft, or final, Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP);

  • the young person is typically cognitively able; and

  • that all those with parental responsibility are in support of the placement;​

After an application has been made through the local authority, Gretton School will contact you to discuss the next steps or give an outcome if the application cannot be taken forward at this time. 

Meet the Admissions Team:

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!


Dr McCombie

Research & Assessment Psychologist


Ms Medeisiute

Transitions Support & Medication Coordinator


Ms Nabavian

Admissions Officer


Ms Overton

Referrals Administrator

"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

"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.”

Virtual Tour​

Gretton School Virtual Tour
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