COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.

Download our Covid 19 Action Plan for further information and for details of our remote education offer.


SES Kite commenced on 4 September 2020 providing a new provision for post 18 year olds.


The referral and admission process is designed from beginning to end to enable a constructive and positive engagement between all concerned, especially with the young person.

Avocet House and Turnstone House fees represent a total holistic package. There will not be a process that comes up with bolt-on extra costs. The fee quoted at outset is the fee for placement. The annual fee is paid in three equal instalments.


Our admission age range is 8 to 14 yrs, although we are able to accommodate young people up to 18 years of age where they stay on for transition to independence.

Avocet House and Turnstone House do not accept emergency admissions.

Initial enquiries about a placing can be made by contacting the Principal of each establishment who will thoroughly explore the possibility of a formal referral. Should this proceed, the relevant documentation is forwarded by the placing authority. Alternatively a placing authority may send documentation without making a prior enquiry, in which case contact will follow an examination of the paperwork.

Speculative enquiries and informal visits from key personnel in placement authorities are welcome by appointment. Referral discussions will take place at an Admissions Panel Meeting as to the suitability of the child for placement. This will be in liaison with our consultant professionals who offer a psychological, psychiatric and therapeutic perspective. Among likely factors under consideration will be:

  • The match of the referral to the existing group of boys
  • The range of learning and social needs of the child referred
  • Any assessed healthcare needs
  • Risk assessments
  • The degree of care, educational and therapeutic support required in relation to identified needs
  • Family circumstances and any implications for continued support from the staff team

Both the needs of any new young person, and the likely effects of their admission upon the existing group of residents are fully considered when making decisions in respect of all admissions. This is to ensure ‘best fit’ matching for all young people and to ensure, as far as possible, no child presents a significant risk to the safety or developmental opportunities of any other.

Confirmation of a possible place will only be made after full discussion and casework explorations have been made and then any visits to either establishment being considered by child and family/carers.

The Admission Panel considers applications. If initial assessment documentation indicates that SES may be able to meet the needs of the individual, an early planning meeting will be held. This affords the parent/carer, Social Worker, Psychologist and Local Authority representatives the opportunity to visit. If all parties agree on the appropriateness of the placement, an agreement will then be reached as to how to involve the young person in the process. The assessment and admissions process will in every case be tailored to meet individual needs.