Admissions arrangements


Saxon Hill Academy is an all-age (2-19) special school for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Complex Medical Needs and Physical Disabilities. With opportunities for sort term residential stays at our ‘Outstanding’ Sleepover Club.

Proud members of the Shaw education trust, Saxon Hill Academy serves families from across Staffordshire. Providing a specialised provision for meeting the needs of children for whom a mainstream or generic special schools cannot provide.

Children placed at Saxon Hill will have an Educational Health and Care plan, or attend on an assessment placement. Their plans will include Physical disabilities and/or Complex Medical Needs, with associated learning or sensory needs.

Working in partnership with the Health Trusts, Saxon Hill provide an holistic environment for meeting the Education, Health and Care needs of our children and young people with onsite; medical, physiotherapy, Sensory and Communication support.


Our Planned Places number is agreed annually with the Local Authority. This can vary slightly year on year depending on our capacity to meet the needs of our complex population. Currently for 2022-2023 we have 117 planned places.

We can consider requests for places from the Local Authority throughout the year, and are often planning the school roll a year ahead.

If you think Saxon Hill could meet the specialised needs of your child, you can contact us for an initial informal discussion about your child’s needs. In the first instance you should speak to, Maggie Candlish –Assistant principal or Suzanne Walters - SENCO. The school contact number is 01543 414892, or you can contact us by email via the office:

Saxon Hill Academy is always oversubscribed, so you will need to contact Staffordshire Local Authority to discuss all schools that may be able to meet the needs of your child. Saxon Hill cannot confirm your child’s placement at the school this will come from the local authority.

The Local Authority can be contacted through: Single Point Access (SPA) on 03001118007 also by viewing their website at: Education and Learning - Staffordshire County Council

You can contact the school Admissions and Transport Service by:

1. Email:

2. Telephone: 01785 278593

3. Or by post: School Admissions and Transport Service, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH

The Local Authority’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Web Pages:

As there are many changes taking place in response to the national SEND reforms, information and

process within the Local Authority are changing and updating regularly. The following links are available: 

For advice and guidance from other parents of children and young people with a disability or learning need, you may wish to contact the Staffordshire Parent Action Network (SPAN). See their website at: 

This year's term dates can be found by clicking here.