Winnie Madikizela Mandela School

Welcome      Admission Requirements
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Who needs to register?

  • Learners with special needs,
  • Learners that have been referred to our institution by either the Education Department or Aids Centre
  • Learners from neighboring LSEN School that have been referred due to proximity to their residential places.
  • Learners with special education needs whose age is between 7-21.
  • Learners whose IQ is below 50 percentile
  • Admission is done throughout the year
  • Learners should be able to master self care, toilet training, eating and dressing before admission.
  • Learners who wish to attend our school for the first time will have to register before the end of the current school year (for the following) or at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Learners should bring necessary document especially psychological report and medical report referral letter from GDE and Road to health card an learner profile if transferred
  • Learners, who are of school going age but whose circumstances necessitate exemption from school, should apply to the HOD via the District Office.

Documents necessary for admission.

• Birth certificate, transfer document, learner profile, medical report and psychological report should accompany the learner who wishes to be admitted in the school.
• As our school is a special institution for learners with special education needs, medical and psychological reports and referral letter and Road to Health card are at most importance for us for admission.
• Without medical and psychological and referral letter learners will be refused admission as our school caters only for “special learners”

Age of pupils

• A child may not be admitted (foundation phase) unless he/she have reached the age of seven years by 30 June of the year of admission.
• No five or six year olds may be admitted to a school.
• When a learner who applies for admission is three years or more (maximum age limit is 21 years) above the average age for the standard group concerned, the principal, SGB and District Director should decide whether to admit the learner to that standard group.

When is a school full?

  • The most efficient use of classroom accommodation is one of the key objectives of admission policy.
  • Every attempt is made to accommodate all learners seeking admission to our school. The number of learners per class should not exceed 30
  • Classroom furniture is arranged / utilized in a way that ensures optimum utilization of accommodation for learners.
  • Admission given our type of school i.e. not formal but special school is done throughout the year depending on the capacity of the school.
  • The ratio applicable to primary schools (normal-40) does not apply to LSEN School , but accommodation of such learners is still subject to the principle of optimum utilization.

School Funds

• School funds are voluntary contributions by parents, the scales (amount) of which must be agreed upon with parents.
• Those voluntary contributions do a great deal to improve or contribute to the effective functioning of the school e.g. maintenance, sport, resources etc.
• As part of commitment to a partnership in education, parents are encouraged to contribute to this source of school income as well as participating in and supporting other fund-raising activities.
• The learner cannot, however be refused admission to a public school or discriminated against in any way, if the family of the learner is unable to pay the school fund decided jointly by the SGB and the parents at a school meeting.
• The school fund at our school is R75.00 which is for the transport and meals.
• The provincial government subsidizes our school according to SASA Act, norms and standard procedure for funding of school on a yearly basis.

There is a need for balance in our intake i.e. transfers and new admissions. It is proper that outstanding transfers be kept at their school whilst processing children on the waiting list (new admissions).