Opening September 2026

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Admissions process

The Hawthorn Small School embraces diversity and welcomes applications on behalf of students from any educational background.

As a small school with a limited number of places, we have to carefully assess the suitability of each student before making a decision as to whether we can offer a place. The Hawthorn Small School will offer a place when the team feels confident that they can facilitate the individual student’s learning and growth. Due to the complex nature of supporting neurodivergent children we must be confident that any behaviour related needs do not compromise the learning of others (or their own learning). Hawthorn Small School is an ideal place for children who are neurodivergent, whether diagnosed or not, and for children who experience anxiety or emotional discomfort in mainstream education.

Before offering a place, it is important that the student and family take advantage of a trial period (up to five days) to see if they feel this is the right place for them to be. This also gives the school an opportunity to ensure that children are a good fit with existing students in their likely grouping.

Please find the admissions policy here.

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If you are considering Hawthorn Small School please get in contact with us so that we can chat about your families’ needs and what we offer.

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