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?
- Pleae see fees structure
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 Friday 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.