All admissions to EWD go through Northumberland County Council.

Applications are decided by a panel comprising Local Authority representatives and Educational Psychologists who take into account parent/carer’s school preference. All pupils must have an EHCP before admission to EWD can be considered with pupil places allocated via the Special Educational Needs Department (SEND) at Northumberland County Council (NCC).

Andrea Grote is the Choice Advisor for Northumberland.  Andrea works with families/carers to support them in making choices of provision for their child. If you need advice on school placement, please contact Andrea on [email protected].


We prepare students transitioning into a placement at EWD, but just as importantly we prepare and transition them into adulthood beyond their time at school.

Our curriculum supports pupils in preparing for adulthood, including the world of work.  When pupils reach Year 10 and Y11, they will have the opportunity to visit post-16 providers such as colleges, develop their CVs and are supported in making applications to employers and further education.

We also offer work placements through GM training.  Our pupils have gone on to further study at a range of post-16 provisions such as Newcastle College, Northumberland College including Kirkley Hall, Northumberland Skills, Azure, apprenticeships and employment.  Pupils are supported with their transition by EWD and Northumberland County Council who liaise with post-16 providers to ensure our young people move successfully onto the next part of their journey into further education, training or work.

We are a welcoming school and are always very happy to answer enquiries regarding the admission and transition of new students. For additional information or if you wish to visit EWD prior to admission, contact Cath Taylor (SENCO) to arrange an appointment.