To move DS to a different secondary school against his wishes?

(41 Posts)
SlugBotherer Mon 15-Jul-13 15:57:11

My sons go to one of the best secondary schools in the city. My eldest is doing very well there whilst my youngest is just being a pain in the arse. He has made no progress in most of his subjects, has actually gone down two grades in maths and all of his effort grades are between c (moderate effort) and d (making very little effort).

His behaviour is terrible and he has been on and off 'report' since he started year 7 last September. He has a list of 'offences' against him including shop lifting from the tesco opposite the school, numerous incidents of fighting, cheeking teachers, low level damage to the new school building, throwing his planner over the balcony and is constantly disrupting lessons and getting chucked out. Last week it all came to a head when he was caught on CCTV being involved in the bullying of another boy. Upon further questioning it emerged that DS has been involved in bullying this kid (volatile lad who erupts if pushed - much to ammusement of the other lads) for over 5 months. So he was put in isolation - he even played up in isolation. I was called into the school and we spoke to head of year and head of lower school - as a result he was allowed back to normal lessons but put on a red report (final report before isolation). His report came back on Friday saying he was silly in lessons and terribly behaved in two subjects.

I've just had a phone call now to say he'd been really naughty in maths lesson, got into a black pen marker fight with another kid (so they're now both covered in marker pen) and when the other kid bent down to pick up the pen off the floor, DS went to kick him in the head. Then denied it despite being seen by the teacher.

Now - we recently moved house so no longer even live near this school. It is a 45 minute bus ride away (when he decides to actually turn up on time). Due to the move, we are now much closer to another secondary school (it's literally around the corner) and whilst it suffers with a terrible past reputation it has recently been rebuilt and restaffed and is improving rapidly.

I have threatened ds that if he can't behave at his current school, he'll be moved to this one. He's adamant that he doesnt want to change schools.

Would it be wrong of me to make this decision anyway and send him to the local school?

PrettyKitty1986 Mon 15-Jul-13 19:08:12

You've said what he's done - what have YOU done?

What action did you take when you discovered your pre teen was shoplifting for example? When you found out he was bullying someone? Fighting?

whitesugar Mon 15-Jul-13 19:16:18

Slug I have been following your thread in relationships and your DP is a controlling bully who seems to have a problem with your son. I am being extremely frank because my DS has dyslexia and I moved him a couple of times. First time to a primary school who actually taught him how to read. Second time to a secondary school who actually gave a shit that he was acting out because of his issues relating to low morale going back to when he could not read.

I don't know the whole story but practically everyone including me who responded to your other thread recommended that you get the hell away from your DP for your sake and DS. I don't think school is the problem I think it's your DP belittling your son.

I had endless problems with my son and believe me I am not parent of the week but I made damn sure he was treated with respect in his own home. I am being honest when I say I am amazed that you don't see the connection between your home life and your sons behaviour. You are an adult and you are struggling to cope with that prick. Get rid of him and focus on your DS. I am being harsh because I am honestly angry that that child is not being listened to. I know it's really hard and you are suffering as well but when the writing is on the wall take notice. I hope things work out for you and your DC.

sarine1 Mon 15-Jul-13 19:44:10

A change of school gives a child an opportunity to 'reinvent themselves'. On occasions it really works BUT only if there are no underlying issues that the child will carry with them to a new school. Otherwise another failed placement just reinforces their sense of failure.
Your son's behaviour is telling you something. Perhaps the post from whitesugar above indicates what may be behind his behaviour?

whitesugar Mon 15-Jul-13 19:58:39

I am actually in tears for that child. Just read the post in relationships - losing battle to keep DP happy. I might sound sanctimonious but I am not. I was beaten up regularly 15 years ago and went into complete denial. Denial is a very real thing and maybe this is the wrong way to go about it but slug you need a wake up call. I honestly hope that it's a case of not seeing the wood for the trees slug but you need to leave, fuck the house.

My own son was so distressed he wet the bed, got into fights, ran away, everyone including some teachers hated him. I knew deep down he was a total dote who was not coping. He is 14 now and making big strides.

Smudging Mon 15-Jul-13 20:07:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lljkk Mon 15-Jul-13 20:12:06

He's been on school action plus but was taken off because his academic ability is ok and therefore he has no "special needs".

Take him out for the day on his own and he is like a golden child.

That sounds rather familiar. sad

I just got a phone call today about anger management classes for DS (I am very excited, hope it happens).

I would only move him if you think the new school will provide something better for him. Or if you knew you could support him better by having him closer to home. It sounds a bit like you want to move him to punish him (i understand the impulse, but it's not going to help I reckon). Choose the new school on its own merits not because your DS is such a PITA.

lljkk Mon 15-Jul-13 20:13:19

(Smudging on wrong thread?!)

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 15-Jul-13 20:19:36

I come to this from a different perspective. Our dd was driven to distraction and psychatric intervention at a top 100 comp because of five or soic ill behaved little toerags. They were violent, rude, loud, thieved, ointimidated and constantly disrupted. The school made excuse afyter excuse for them because they weren't "advantaged". They were allowed to piss pn the education of tens of others.

It was disgraceful; they needed to nbe dealt with permanently to make room at an excellent school for those prepared to benmefit from it.

If you have problems at home, deal with them; if your son has problems deal with them and him. He is youir responsibility and you need to sort him out. If you don't then sit back and take responsibility for the ruined behaviour of others.

Theft and bullyoing, rudeness insolence and disruption get nobody anywhere. Neither does the lack of boundaries it starts at home OP.

My dd had to move school because of kids like your son. The boot should be on the other foot. I cannot describe how my daughter suffered because the school didn't deal with these children. If the parents won't someone has to. If your circumstance are bad OP and affecting your children then sort them out. Put the wellbeing and future of your children first. Nobody else will.

riskit4abiskit Mon 15-Jul-13 20:57:22

ahhh its very hard.... with my teacher hat on I agree wholeheartedly with married as I see other kids suffering day in day out from bullies and low level poor behaviour that makes their learning much less effective. In your post you don't seem to be very pro-active at looking for the real roots of the problems, or very bothered that your son was bullying another for so long - poor victim.

However....

with my parent hat on I say I feel sorry for your son, and that he does seem to be calling out for help. From educational experience I can tell you a move will NOT work to another school if the issues aren't dealt with first, as mentioned by someone upthread. it sounds as if you have a difficult time of it at home at the moment, and for that I am very sincerely wishing you the best, I am sure you are trying your very best.

if you want help from school, e.g. CAMHS, counselling, mentoring, whatever is on offer, then in my experience you will have to be the 'pushy parent' who keeps on and on at the school until they get what help they want. this is what I would advise as a starting point.

good luck

StuntGirl Mon 15-Jul-13 21:04:08

Oh gosh I hadn't noticed it was Slug who posted sad

JackieOHHH Mon 15-Jul-13 21:04:36

Agree with married in the fact that when kids are bullied you don't give a shiny shit about THEIR home life...you just want to protect your child. So in that way you ARE bu to not deal with him, or find a way of dealing with him. The poor kids he bullies are suffering, but after also reading your post in relationships, I feel he is simply using learnt behaviours. Get rid if your nasty, abusive partner, for the sake of your child (ren), and to preserve your sanity.

whitesugar Mon 15-Jul-13 21:13:00

Married, when I lived London one of my friends who was a disillusioned architect retrained as a teacher and got a job in an inner city school. He tried his hardest but told me that the presence of one or two disruptive children really affected his ability to teach the rest of the class. If one of them was absent it was a help but still tricky, when they were both absent the atmosphere was completely different. I am not apportioning blame but there has to be another way. He left teaching in the end because he could not handle the system and moved to south america.

FourGates Mon 15-Jul-13 22:00:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dontgowadingin Mon 15-Jul-13 22:36:22

chas I don't know if im missing another post of OP in this thread where she is describing her ds but the traits she said doesn't mean SN. Striping of when he gets in, my DH has to strip of to have a pooh, every time. People can have quirks with out being SM and as OP states he has all ready been seen by a professional. People are so quick to give their unqualified diagnosis of SN its rather worrying. It takes an age to diagnose SN not a quick flip through a SN tick list.

BUT it looks like there could be underlying issues at home which could be the underlying cause.

I haven't read all the replies to you so far OP, too hot and I am lazy but your OP reminded me of my no2 son when he started secondary school.
He got into trouble constantly, we were forever getting letters and calls, and going to the school, punishing him, trying to reason with him, you name and we tried it, while his behaviour got worse and worse. To cut a very long story short, it turned out he was being bullied, he was desperately trying to cope with what was, to him, an overwhelming change in his life, and trying to "buy" friends and be the class clown to fit in somehow.
In the end we took him out of the school completely and I wound up homeschooling for four years (which I am happy to bang on about if you want to know any more about the whys and wherefores, PM me) and I believe firmly, then and now, that removing him from the situation, and ultimately the school, saved his life.

Valdeeves Tue 16-Jul-13 00:24:00

He sounds a bit OCD to me - as suggested maybe pressures at home making it worse? School is over stimulating him so he runs riot??
Do you ground him when he miss behaves at school?

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