Admissions Policy & Referral Procedures

Moat House provides education for pupils who live in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport who are either pregnant or are young mothers. There is an on-site nursery for their baby which is only open to mothers who attend Moat House. The unit has a maximum capacity of 20 and the nursery is registered for 16 babies.

Criteria for referral and admission to Moat House:

Category Admission / Referral Pathway
Pupils who are of statutory school age (ie up to and including Y11) Referrals can be made by Stockport secondary schools. PRUs and academies, health professionals, Services for Young People, social workers and other appropriate agencies. Professionals and parents are welcome to call Moat House (420 9015) if they need support or advice about an admission.
Pupils who are aged 17 in the current academic year and wish to re-sit all or part of Y11. In line with government expectations, wherever possible such pupils will be provided with a timetable of at least 15 hours of education. If such pupils do not have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, they will be expected to undertake courses in these subjects. If the pupil is coming towards the end of Y11, referrals can be made by schools, PRUs and academies 

After the beginning of an academic year, such pupils who are not engaged with education or training can be referred by the Teenage Pregnancy Midwives (through the Care Pathway) via Young Parents’ Project. Please contact Sarah Dadd (429 9015) for details.

 Pregnant teenagers and teenage mothers who are under 18 and not in education or training Referrals to the Young Parents’ Project can be made by the Teenage Pregnancy Midwives. Subject to capacity an offer of education / parenting could be made. Please contact Sarah Dadd (429 9015) for details.


Referral Process and Procedures

Referrals and admission to Moat House is for those who:

  • Fit into one of the above categories
  • Will be at least 12 weeks pregnant at the time of their admission
  • Have made a firm decision to continue with the pregnancy
  • Are intending to keep the baby after the birth (if this is not the case, please contact Moat House to find out about any support we might be able to offer).


Initial Referrals from Stockport Schools, PRUs and Academies


  • Upon first point of contact an Initial Referral Form needs to be completed and basic information gathered.  Forms are in a blue folder on the Head teacher’s desk and should be completed by the Head Teacher or Pastoral Manager. In their absence the referral should be passed to the Assistant Head or Nursery Manager.


  • Completed forms should be placed in the marked folder and locked in the safe in the Headteacher’s office.


  • A detailed Referral Form will then be emailed for completion by the referring school; and a date needs to be made for visiting the school to collect all relevant information, meet with the referring staff member and with the student and a parent or carer.  This will be organised with the Head Teacher and Pastoral Manager or the Assistant Head.


  • A date will be set for the pupil to visit Moat House with her parents/carers and a member of school staff (if appropriate), so that a decision on the best pathway for education can be made. However the visit should not be made before the 10th week of pregnancy. It should also be taken into consideration whether the pupil has told other relevant people, as they may be known to other pupils at Moat House and visiting would mean that the pregnancy could be disclosed inadvertently at an early stage.


  • An appropriate start date and time will be set taking into consideration educational, medical and social needs.


However, this will be no earlier than twelve weeks of pregnancy (after the 12 week scan), and after receiving all relevant educational information. Individual circumstances will need to be taken into account, for instance if a pupil is a looked after child with no educational place, it would not be in the best interests of the pupil to start at a mainstream school, to then be transferred to Moat House.


Dual Registration


The majority of pupils will remain on the register of their referring provision as “Dual Registered Pupils”. This means that support for exam entries can be gained from the referring school, and the results will be passed back to these schools. Attendance data will be shared with such schools if requested.


Referral to the Young Parents Project through the Care Pathway

Referrals for pregnant teenagers aged 16 – 18 years old are received by the Young Parents Project from midwifery, with the consent of the young person.  Contact is made by telephone and if the young person is interested in further learning, a home visit is arranged.  Where appropriate, a visit to Moat House is facilitated and subject to capacity, an offer of education /parenting could be made.  Otherwise, alternative learning options are explored and support is given to encourage pregnant teenagers and teenage parents to access learning opportunities and childcare with external providers.


For the majority of pupils no charge is made for their place at Moat House. There may be a top-up charge for pupils of statutory school age who attend Academies or who are Looked After Children and are currently placed in Stockport but are not registered at a Stockport Local Authority school. This charge is usually borne by a pupil’s Academy or their home Local Authority if they are looked after. Professionals, who wish to discuss the possibility of top-up charges, are asked to contact the Headteacher for further information. There is no charge made for post-16 pupils.

Post-16 pupils, whose funding is provided by different mechanisms

The cost of a baby’s nursery place is covered by Care to Learn”. This is a government scheme which pays for the cost of childcare for young parents who are in education or training. Applications for this will be made by staff at Moat House.


This policy statement will be reviewed in July 2014