Admissions

Admissions

At Silver Linings, we have welcomed new pupils throughout the school year and pupils may enter at any stage of their school career, subject to this Admissions Policy and where vacancies arise. We pride ourselves on having a comprehensive admissions policy that ensures the school is the best fit for the child and that the child will be able to flourish at Silver Linings. We also offer an After-school Program for those on the waiting list for Silver Linings. Click here to find out more.

If you would like to know more about the fees at Silver Linings, please contact admin@silverlinings.co.zw or you’re welcome to make an appointment to meet with us and to learn more about the school in person.

Prospective pupils can be referred to Silver Linings from a variety of sources, which include but not limited to:

Independent educational psychologists

Independent speech and language therapists

Independent occupational therapists

Other schools

Parents

Silver Linings Special Needs School Speech Day

Admission Requirements

  1. Parents of prospective pupils, and/or other interested parties arrange a meeting with the Headmistress. Please note this is for adults only, if possible, do not bring the child. Information about Silver Linings Operations, I.E.Ps, Curriculum and extracurricular activities is explained as well as the difference between remedial and special needs education. We also clarify that acceptance to Silver Linings Nursery does not guarantee a place at the Junior School.
 Special NeedsRemedial
DefinitionSpecial needs education is the specific multi-sensory method of educating pupils who have special needs, focusing on their unique educational requirements.Remedial teaching is designed to rectify or remedy pupils' learning in order to improve expected capabilities in core academic skills such as literacy and numeracy.
CriteriaPupil IQ is below average (i.e. Less than 90)
Pupil may have one or more of the following: intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems, physical disabilities, developmental delay, visual impairments, hearing impairments.
Pupil has low performance in reading, spelling, comprehension, and/or mathematics
Pupil is functioning below their chronological age,grade level and mental age
However the pupils' IQ is average or above average
Teaching MethodPupils follow a different curriculum to a mainstream one
Focus less on academic skills and more on social, functional and life skills
Specific individual goals (Individual Education Plans) are created and followed for every student
The teaching environment is adapted to suit the pupil
Small classes or individual teaching is suitable
Pupil follows mainstream curriculum with help from a qualified remedial teacher
The remedial program is designed to help build the pupils' skills and confidence
It may be one on one or in small groups
The focus is mainly academic skills
Overall goalTo help the pupil function as independently as possibleTo help the pupil pass mainstream examinations

2. Full Assessment of child’s development is required. (Usually, this is done by an Occupational Therapist as the child is too young for an Educational Assessment). Recommendations are given to parents. Silver Linings or a Special Educational facility needs to be the recommendation of the assessment to proceed further. Recent reports from educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, doctors, teachers or other professionals are also asked for.

3. Application form to be filled in by parents. If there are no available vacancies this will be added to the waiting list. If the appropriate place is available and all other requirements are fulfilled, the pupil is invited for a 2-week trial period at the school. During the trial, a checklist will be completed by the teacher, to assess the suitability of the pupil for Silver Linings. The final decision about acceptance is made by the Headmistress in consultation with the teachers.

4. If we feel unable to offer a place, we will where possible, refer parents to other educational establishments which we consider may be able to meet the child’s specific needs or recommend the child is re-assessed and re-applies in a year’s time.

5. After a successful trial, an enrolment form is to be filled in, Indemnity form signed, pupil file opened and the new pupil is added to the school.

1. Parents of prospective pupils, and/or other interested parties arrange for a meeting with the Headmistress. Please note this is for adults only, therefore, if possible, do not bring the child. Information about Silver Linings Operations, I.E.Ps, Curriculum and extracurricular activities is explained as well as the difference between remedial and special needs education

2.  A full educational assessment is required, providing an IQ score; until an IQ score is provided we can proceed no further.

3. If IQ between 50 and 80 is met, the application form can then be filled in by parents. If no available vacancies exist, the prospective pupil will be added to a waiting list and invited to join afternoon classes until space arises.

4. If there is an available place in the correct class and all other requirements are fulfilled, the pupil is invited to spend a 2-week trial period at the school. A checklist will be completed by the teacher to assess the suitability of the pupil for Silver Linings.

5. The final decision about acceptance will be made by the Head in consultation with teachers and professionals.

6. If we feel unable to offer a place, we will, where possible, refer parents to other educational establishments, which we consider may be able to meet their child’s specific needs. Or recommend the child is re-assessed and re-applies in a year’s time.

7. After a successful trial, uniforms must be purchased, an enrolment form filled in, indemnity form signed, a pupil file opened and the new pupil is added to the school.