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September 2024 Application window has closed

You can apply for a place at Great Oaks College for a September 2025 start here

On completion of you application, it is essential that you upload the below documents

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Note: Students studying at Oaklands school do not automatically transfer, an application MUST be submitted with all relevant documents. • Great Oaks College will not be able to process the application for a place without all the relevant paperwork. • The College will only send one letter to inform the applicant about the missing information, if it is not received by the deadline, the application may not be able to be assessed for a place at Great Oaks College.
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    Applications are assessed internally to establish whether we can meet the needs of the young person.

    Invitations are sent out to attend our assessment day. This day takes place once a year, at the start of the spring term.

    Once the assessment process is complete, an offer of a place may be made to the applicant’s local education authority, with the assessed level of funding required. Funding decisions will be made by local authorities. Places at Great Oaks College will be confirmed by local authority.

    Great Oaks College aims to provide education for students that have severe and complex learning needs and for students whose needs could not be met within a specialist provision at a mainstream college. Applicants should not already hold a qualification at Entry Level 2 in English or Maths when they apply to the Life and Living Pathway or Vocational Options Course, nor should they have completed the accreditation offered within their chosen course. Applicants should not already hold a qualification at Entry Level 3 in English or Maths when they apply to the Vocational Training course. There are occasions on which we are unable to offer a place to a student if our assessment suggests that their behavior may pose a significant risk to the safety of other students in the college.

    Please note Great Oaks College does not arrange transport to College. Applications for transport will need to be made separately. We encourage students on the Vocational Pathway to become independent travellers.

    We understand that choosing the right college is a very important decision. We highly recommend that you take advantage of our guided tours of our college and our facilities.

    We also hold annual prospective student information evenings in which you have the opportunity to hear what the college has to offer, to talk to the staff team and to ask any questions you may have. There is also the opportunity to complete admissions paperwork with our team should you wish to.


    We accept admissions from the beginning of April and close applications within December (see application form to confirm the application deadline)


    Admission documents

    2022-23 Health Infomation Form

    Free meals application form Sept 22

    GOC Admissions Form 22-23

    GOC College Learner Family agreement September 20201

    Learner Enrollment Form 2022-2023

    Medication consent for Great Oaks

    If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact our Transitions Coordinator, Balwinder Sandu:


    Month Process
    July/September Send Prospectus to local schools and 6th forms
    From April to December Students and families Visit the Great Oaks
    DecemberApplication closing date
    December Pre Assessment Panel
    First week back in Jan Interview and Assessment week Students come into college for an assessment day
    First week of February Placement Panel
    Offer a place and LA send confirmation of funding
    Parents to complete new student paperwork in College
    Medical care plans to be created / updated
    Support staff to spend time with new students
    June/July Transition preparation, opportunity for parents and students to meet their support staff online and Transition Day