Admissions to Bensham Manor are governed by the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. In the first instance families must contact Croydon’s SEND Hotline for further advice and signposting (0208 604 7263).

Bensham Manor School is a large oversubscribed secondary special school for students aged 11-18. We make provision for pupils who have statements of educational needs or Education Health and Care Plan which include; autistic spectrum disorders, complex needs, speech, language and communication difficulties. We have a specialist ASD department, specialist subject teachers and a Post 16 on site. We work hard to ensure pupils are successful and we celebrate and recognise achievement and effort in all areas of the curriculum. Typical cognitive abilities of pupils at Bensham Manor is P7 – NC level 3.

Bensham Manor does not meet the needs of children who:

  • Have a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s Syndrome but are high functioning and demonstrate a potential to access learning at a mainstream level (NC level 4 or above)
  • Demonstrate social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) that are not as a result of ASD
  • Have a global developmental delay which restricts their access to a mainstream curriculum but who are socially confident and motivated to engage

A local Authority SEND adviser will signpost you to another of Croydon’s six special schools.

Pupils are admitted to Bensham Manor School following an assessment of their special educational needs. If the assessment results in a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan that indicates a placement at Bensham Manor School might be appropriate, Croydon Education Authority ask us to consider whether or not we feel we can meet a child’s needs. All referrals are considered by senior staff. If from paperwork we feel a child’s needs can be met at Bensham Manor a senior member of staff will visit their current school or home. Following this visit a decision will be made as to whether to invite the child in for a trial or if in year 6 a “taster day” to see if they like Bensham Manor and to help staff confirm whether or not Bensham Manor is the best provision.

We encourage all prospective parents to visit the school at one of our regular Open Mornings hosted by the Headteacher. Attendance is by appointment only and parents should contact the school office and see website for dates and times. For year 6 prospective pupils the school will arrange a series of visits or events to prepare the young person for the transition to Bensham Manor. During this time parents will be invited into school to complete the admissions form, consent forms and the home-school agreement.