Looked-After and
Vulnerable Children

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Our Looked-After and Vulnerable Children  (LAVC) programmes provide life-changing education opportunities for children who are in care or whose home circumstances might characterise them as being ‘on the edge of care’. The programmes are part-funded by the Department for Education.

 

Boarding-school programme

A boarding school education can offer transformational benefits and opportunities to children facing a wide range of vulnerabilities in their home circumstances or whose early childhoods have been traumatic.

We broker boarding places at schools around the UK and provide continuing support to help children transition to and thrive throughout their school journey.

 

Eligibility

  • Looked After Children (LAC)

  • Previously Looked-After Children (PLAC)/Special Guardianship Order (SGO)

  • Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC)

  • Children on a Child-Protection Plan (CPP)

  • Children on a Child-in-Need Plan (CiN)

  • Young Carer (with significant caring responsibilities) 

  • Children with significant children’s services involvement ("edge of care")

 

We typically require that referrals for boarding places should come from children’s services professionals working with a family. We feel that these professionals are well placed to support parents or carers through the application process. However, we will consider referrals that come directly from families or extended families. In such cases, we require references from a social or children's services professional to support any application.

Read our e-booklet, where you’ll find more information about the programme including our referral process map and how our school placements are funded.

To check eligibility or to find out more about our LAVC boarding programme, please follow this link to make an enquiry.

 

Day-school programme

We recognise that boarding will not be the right option for some looked-after children/young people. That’s why we have extended our LAVC programmes to offer opportunities at leading independent day schools to those children in care for whom this is a more appropriate option.

 

Eligibility

  • Looked-After Children (LAC) only

  • Previously Looked-After Children (PLAC)

         (please note, carers of PLAC will be means tested)

 

Referrals for day places for Looked-After Children must come directly from either social workers or Virtual School professionals only.

 

Referrals for Previously Looked-After Children can come directly from carers. In such cases, we require references from a social or children's services professional to support any application.

Read our e-booklet, where you’ll find more information about the programme including our referral process map and how our school placements are funded.

To check eligibility or to find out more about our LAC independent day school programme please follow this link to make an enquiry.

Application deadline

We are accepting applications for boarding and day-school placements for September 2023 between 16 March and 30 September 2022.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the greatest chance of securing a school place. However, we also advise that no school placement is 100% guaranteed and ask that you continue with applications to state school options in parallel.

 

The majority of our places are for children entering year 7 and 12 in September 2023, though we do have limited availability for entry at years 5–9.

 

SpringForward

SpringForward is our educational outreach programme for Looked-After Children. Click here to find out more

'I am incredibly proud of the exceptional care that Bede’s provides to children who have faced great challenges in their young lives. Working alongside RNCSF and East Sussex County Council, we have built a successful model which helps transforms lives. This has been through outstanding pastoral care, an aspirational academic mindset and a truly collaborative approach with East Sussex, these fundamental pillars have enabled our success over the years in nurturing looked after children.'

Headmaster of Bede’s School