Students gain admission to Sandside Lodge School through a directed place from Cumbria Local Authority. Admissions are on the basis that the student has an EHCP which provides detail of their severe or profound learning disabilities, and other impairments of difficulties (physical disabilities, sensory impairment, communication and language difficulties, complex health and medical needs or autism). In some cases, the local authority may direct a child with another category of need but this is at the discretion of the local authority. 


We accept students at any age and stage of their education as long as they are  between the ages of 2 and 19 years of age. We are not bound by the key stage age transfers (as in mainstream). Places are subject to size and numbers within a particular Key Stage and maximum on roll number (currently set at 80) as directed by the Local Authority.


School will consider students directed towards them, although exceptions do apply. Examples may include:

  • Resources are not in place to meet a student’s specific needs.
  • Control measures which lie outside the schools expertise.
  • Vulnerability and safety of students and staff.

Families should be aware that we are limited in admission numbers and because of this, we cannot guarantee a place automatically for your child even if the entry criteria is met. The decision ultimately lies with the Local Authority, as outlined above.

Please refer to our Admissions policy for further detail on admissions at Sandside Lodge:

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