Admission Arrangements

Piper Hill is a special school which provides 165 day places for 11-19 year old students in an environment where pupils with identified and statemented Complex Cognitive Difficulties (SLD as the primary need), can access a specialised and holistic education. The carefully planned environment and engaging, personalised curriculum on offer is designed to meet the needs of students with a learning difficulty. All pupils must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan naming the school.

At Piper Hill we offer a  carefully thought out curriculum, with the curriculum focus developing as the students move through the Key Stages e.g. with more focus on developing independence and life skills through simulated and real life experiences. Effective and strong links will be forged with the local community.

For further information on our school, and the process for obtaining a place here contact Manchester City Council Admissions 0161 245 7166.

Other school policies and further information can be found on the school’s website:

  • Equal opportunities;
  • Information sharing;
  • The curriculum;
  • Complaints procedure;
  • Safeguarding policy;
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Behavior
  • Anti-Terrorism
  • Medicines Policy
  • SEN Policy
  • Charging and Remissions
  • Data Protection
  • Gifts and Hospitality
  • Home School Agreement
  • LAC
  • Sex Education
  • E Safety
  • Uniform
  • Complaints
  • Pay and Appraisal
  • British Values
  • Assessment
  • Positive Handling
  • Publication Scheme

In the process of considering naming Piper Hill in a plan the LA must consult with the school and the school will consider the appropriateness of the placement for an individual and would also ensure that naming a child for Piper Hill would be in the best interests of the children and whether the school could meet their needs. The final decision on the school to be named rests with the local authority responsible for maintaining the statement.

We can only accept referrals from Local Authorities (LA). Whilst parents are welcome to visit the school and can be provided with information about the school, the school cannot proceed to the admissions stage without local authority support. Parents wishing their children to benefit from our provision should ask their local authority to name our school in their child’s EHCP.


Although parents can indicate to their local authority the school of preference to be named the authority may not agree with the placement identified. In such circumstances parents have the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (SEN & Disability). The school will adhere to LA decisions.

Private funding of places

PHHS is unable to offer places to families who wish to independently fund the placement.

Communication and Confidentiality

All information relating to the proposed placement of any individual are confidential. There will be open and regular communication with relatives, carers and advocates, which acknowledge and respect the needs of each user.

The school will liaise with the local authority to ensure they are kept up to date.

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