Admission to Priestley Smith School

Priestley Smith School is a Birmingham Local Authority School. Admission to the school is therefore made through Birmingham Education Authority and cannot be agreed by or arranged directly through the school. Parents, carers and professionals are, however, welcome to visit Priestley Smith School at any time in order to gain an informed view of the school. All enquiries regarding visits to the school should be directed to the School Secretary on 0121 325 3900.

When parents and schools feel that a placement at a specialist school for the visually impaired would bebeneficial for a particular child, this will generally be discussed at annual review meetings, in consultation with Local Authority officers. If there is agreement that such a placement is preferred, students with a statement for visual impairment are then referred by the Special Educational Needs Assessment Service (SENAS) to Birmingham Placement Panel, which determines the appropriateness of a placement within Priestley Smith School.

Priestley Smith School caters for students from Birmingham LA and surrounding local authorities including Solihull, Walsall, Sandwell, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Dudley. In all cases involving pupils from other local authorities, admission to the school is arranged through regional Local Authority officers, in consultation with Birmingham SENAS and Birmingham Placement Panel. Birmingham Placement Panel make the final decision as to appropriateness of placement.