Applying for a place at Thames Valley School: our admissions process


We offer education to young people aged 5 to 16 with a diagnosis of autism, who have been referred by their Local Authority.

Our admissions chart is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process of getting your child registered for Thames Valley School. 

Whether you have already included our school on your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan, or whether you are concerned that your current school is not meeting your child’s needs and are considering other options, we hope you find this chart useful.

We also encourage you to contact us to find out more about what we provide, and to arrange a visit. Download our admissions flow chart.


If you are working with a child for whom Thames Valley School might be a suitable school, we recommend that you ring us for an initial conversation about the child’s needs and the services we offer.

We would also be delighted to welcome you to visit us.

Oversubscription Criteria

The school will seek to work collaboratively with all neighbouring Local Authorities to manage referrals. All applicants for whom the school would be able to meet needs and therefore be an appropriate placement, will be placed on a waiting list when there are no current vacancies. Where there are more applicants than vacancies, places will be prioritised according to the Admissions Criteria which also acts as the Oversubscription Criteria. Please refer to the admissions policy for further information.

Finding out more about us

To find out more about Thames Valley School, please call us on 0118 9424 750. You can also register your interest or ask us for more information by filling in our online enquiry form.