In order to comply with Data Protection regulations we have amended the referral form for 2017/2018. You can download a copy of the new form on the right hand side of this page. The new form includes a declaration regarding parental/carer consent to ensure that they are fully aware that schools/other professionals are making a referral and are aware that personal and sensitive information is being shared with James Brindley School. Please ensure that all forms are completed fully and returned to us at the email address below accompanied by supporting information as described in the referral form. We are unable to accept referrals on previous versions of JBS referral forms.


With the exception of the Dovedale Centre, there has to be robust medical evidence that we are the right provision for the young person concerned. There needs to be evidence of ongoing medical professional involvement to support the pupil's condition whilst they are being educated by James Brindley School. We would expect to see that other interventions to support them in accessing their mainstream schools have been attempted before considering our involvement. All pupils at Dovedale are referred by the Birmingham Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Service (SENAR).


The length of time pupils spend with us is dependent upon their changing needs and varies from a short stay to a much longer period of support. We will continually review whether a transition back to a mainstream provision is possible.


If you wish to make a referral you can do this by contacting us at the email below and requesting a referral form.:



Current Capacity

It is useful for referrers to have an indication as to the current situation with regarding place availability within our teaching centres.

The following information is provided to give an overview of places currently available.

JBS Teaching Centres - Available places as of 22/06/18

6 or more spaces Less than 6 spaces No spaces available
KS3 Centre Short Term Provision KS4 Centre - Year 10
KS4 Centre - Year 11 Dovedale - Primary (Years 5&6) Dovedale - Year 7
  Dovedale - Year 10 Dovedale - Year 8
  Dovedale - Year 11 Dovedale - Year 9


Accepting Referrals


Once you have submitted your referral you will be sent a confirmation email from us so that you know we recieved it. We will keep you abreast of where a referral is in the process, but in the meantime if you have any questions please contact the referrals team

Tel: 0121 666 6409 ex: 2124


Please note

All our pupil referrals fall under the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) guidelines for an fCAF (Family Common Assessment Framework)


What do you need to provide with the referral form?

In order to support our pupils thoroughly we need the following information from schools and medical professionals:


    • An attendance record from the beginning of the academic school year
  • An fCAF assessment should already be in place initiated by the home school
  • Previous assessment data to help us track progress against national targets
  • Written evidence from medical professionals on the health issue


If the referral is accepted

If the referral is accepted, we aim to arrange a visit to and place the pupil in to one of our sectors in approximately two weeks. The start date can be dependent on other factors such as transport arranged through Travel Assist (this is an Local Education Authority provision and is means tested).


Please note that we have a funded capacity and a service level agreement with Birmingham Local Authority. We operate on a first come, first serve basis. This will include pupils referred to us from hospitals upon discharge. We may have to turn down the referral or delay the start date if the sector is full. We advise schools to discuss this with the Local Authority if further placement is needed.


Further advice Guidance can be obtained by contacting us via email or phone:


Tel: 0121 666 6409 ex: 2124


Our pupils are referred to us for educational support with an ongoing health condition. They can only be referred by a variety of professionals working with the young people. Parents cannot select our school in the same way they would with other schools.


James Brindley School is committed to the safeguarding of children


All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding polices and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity, can be protected from harm.


Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk.


We work in partnership with other professional bodies to safeguard children with each school site having a clear safeguarding process to ensue information is shared.


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2017/2018 Referral Form


Referral and Admissions Policy




We will inform you when a pupil has been accepted by James Brindley School and their start date on becoming dual registered between us. This includes hospital admissions on day 16 of their inpatient stay. Safeguarding is everyones responsibility including that of the home school. The school will be informed of their start date by letter but we will also phone to ensure the start date is clear. This letter will also contain the name of the key member of staff at James Brindley that the home school will communicate with about this pupil.

At the point a pupil becomes dual registered we will share the responsibility for safeguarding the pupil. We will welcome the continued involvement of the home school in the pupil's welfare and we will remain in close communication should there be any safeguarding concerns. 

When a pupil is discharged from hospital or there is a transition from James Brindley we will communicate clearly with the home school the date the the pupil will cease to be dual registered with us.





The length of time pupils spend with us is dependent upon their changing needs and varies from a short stay to a much longer period of support. We will continually review whether a transition back to a mainstream provision is possible.


James Brindley School is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our pupils.


If you require further information then please do contact the school directly.