Admissions Process:

All referrals are coordinated by the Kent education SEN department. Referral papers are forwarded by the Local Education Authority (LEA) to the Headteacher for consideration. Parents of prospective students who meet the Laleham Gap schools admissions criteria may visit by appointment. All student referrals will be subject to an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Need.


Admissions Criteria:

There are local authority admissions criteria for each maintained special school that are applied in order to determine if a particular special school would be a suitable placement for the child’s age, ability and special educational needs. A link to the admissions criteria for Kent special schools is below:

Kelsi admissions

The named officer in the relevant Area Education Office explains the arrangements for admission to parents and carers as part of the statutory assessment process or as part of any school transition process but further advice is available directly from the Area offices:

North Kent
Joynes House, New Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0AT
Tel: 03000 41 93 45 or email:

South Kent
Kroner House, Eurogate Business Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8XU
Tel: 03000 42 08 89 or email:

East Kent
Brook House, Reeves Way, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3SS
Tel: 03000 42 11 60 or email:

West Kent
Worrall House, 30 Kings Hill Avenue, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4AE
Tel: 03000 42 09 97 or email:


Please be aware that the Admissions policy is currently under revision alongside the new KASS admissions criteria.