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Enrolment Process

The Cheshire School Enrolment Process

Student criteria

To be considered for attendance at Cheshire, students need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for Foundation to Grade Four.
  • Be experiencing significant social, emotional or behavioural difficulties which place them at risk of disengagement within the mainstream educational setting.
  • Have speech and language skills within the normal range.
  • Parents/carers need to be aware of and support the policies and procedures of The Cheshire program and actively work with staff to support behavioural change.
  • Have a prognosis for change within 18 months.
  • Have a full scale IQ of 80 or more.

Enrolment procedure

All enquiries should be directed to the Principal on (03) 8562 5167. Referrals are welcome from parents, as well as educational and health professionals.

During the initial contact, basic eligibility is determined. Parents and/or others involved with the student are invited to attend a meeting and tour the school. Parents/carers are also required to bring any paediatric or psychological assessments to this meeting. Following the meeting, a visit may be arranged to the student’s current school by The Cheshire School psychologist. Students who are invited to trial will usually visit The Cheshire School 4-6 times. The initial visit is for an hour and builds up to a full day over the trial period. The purpose of the trial is to engage the child in the program so that they want to continue attending. It also determines the likelihood of significant behaviour change within an 18 month time frame, and gives the staff time to observe how the child fits with the current cohort of students and how the student copes with the behavioural management practices of the program.

When The Cheshire School is deemed to be a suitable placement, an offer is made to the parents/carers by the Principal. Parents enter into an agreement with The Cheshire School, regarding the conditions of enrolment, requirements of the program and tuition fees. Students generally begin their placement at The Cheshire School at the beginning of the next school term, if a place is available. If no place is available, students are placed on a waiting list and a deposit is required to hold the place.

Transition back to mainstream schooling

The Cheshire School staff are available to assist parents in identifying schools that may be suitable for their child, and are available to attend meetings to discuss student needs.  Teachers also visit the new school with the student prior to them graduating from The Cheshire School and speak with the new teacher and support staff. After the student starts at their new school, The Cheshire School staff continue to provide support and advice to the student, their family and the new school as required. Student wellbeing staff, external consultants (mental and allied health professionals etc.) and the Primary School Nursing Program also assist with the transition process, through regular monitoring of the student within their new school.