Admission Arrangements

Mabel Prichard School is part of the Gallery Trust and is a special school for children aged 2 – 19 years with complex needs.  The school is situated in Blackbird Leys (primary site) and Littlemore (secondary site) on the southern edge of the City of Oxford. The Primary site includes Early Years, key stage one and key stage two classes and shares a site with Orchard Meadow School, part of the United Learning Trust. The secondary site consists of key stage three and four class and post 16 and is co-located with The Oxford Academy, part of the River Learning Trust.

Procedure for admission

The LA is the admissions officer for the school. All students must have an Education, Health and Care Plan to attend a Special School

  • Children are referred to the Local Authority either by a mainstream school’s SENCO or via an Early Years Special Educational Need Teacher (EYSENT) for children under five years of age
  • Individual cases are then  discussed at the County Admissions Panel
  • If the student meets the LA criteria for admission to a special school the panel make arrangements with the school directly.


LA transport is offered to parents who live outside 2.2 miles or have exceptional circumstances e.g. wheelchair user


The current (2023/2024) number of Planned Places for the school is 108. Planned places are agreed annually between the Headteacher and the SEN lead Officer.

Reviewed September 2023