Assessment Centre and Process

I would like my child to be enrolled at PPS. What must I do?

** This centre acts independently of the school. The assessment of a child places no obligation on a parent to accept a position at PPS and similarly places no obligation on PPS to offer a place to any child. There are several reasons why a parent might request an assessment of their child at PPS, including guidance, a second, independent opinion or fulltime placement.

Step 1: Initial contact. Basic information supplied.

  • Telephone the school (012-3620308). Mrs Anderson in the office will guide you through the process.
  • You are most welcome to make an appointment to visit the school.
  • You will give the office staff some initial information:

Your name, postal address, email address and contact details.
The child’s name, date of birth, current school, current grade.

  • If your child has been assessed recently, or you have relevant reports from medical practitioners, we would like you to forward these reports so that we can start compiling a holistic picture of your child.
  • The child’s name will be added to the waiting list for assessments.

Step 2: Setting up the assessment

  • You will be given the dates and times for the assessments.
  • Various forms will be forwarded to you for completion, including a report to be completed by your child’s present school.
  • We will also require a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Step 3: The assessment process.

Which assessments need to be conducted?

  • In order to gain a holistic picture of the child, four assessments are conducted: psychological, speech and language, occupational therapy and educational (only from mid grade 1)
  • If a child has had recent equivalent assessments and a detailed report is submitted, it might not be necessary to redo a particular assessment.

What is the cost of the assessments?

  • In 2017, the cost for each assessment will be R1300, which is payable in advance. The costs of the psychological, occupational therapy and speech and language assessments can be claimed back from medical aid.

The assessment timeline

  • Parents have an initial interview with the head of the assessment team.
  • The four assessments are conducted over the course of two or three days.
  • On the Thursday of that week the multidisciplinary team meets to discuss the assessment results.
  • On the Wednesday of the following week the parents have a final meeting with the head of the assessment team. They will receive oral feedback and a comprehensive written report. Recommendations will be made. These might include a recommendation of placement at PPS, afternoon therapy or suggested potentially suitable schools

Step 4: Conclusion

  • If placement at PPS is an option, providing a space is available, the necessary documentation will be completed and the child will be enrolled as soon as possible.
  • If there is no space available and placement at PPS is an option, the child will be placed on a waiting list and the parents will be notified as soon as a place becomes available.