Can you please recommend a mainstream secondary school that deals well with SEN - ANYWHERE in UK and UNDERSUBSCRIBED!

(52 Posts)
SusieP40 Tue 15-Jan-13 13:00:49

We want to move ds (Y8) from his current school as he is making no progress, is stressed and unhappy and is not having his SEN dealt with.

There is no other choice of school locally locally and so we have decided to move to an area with a school he could attend that might actually help him.

His SEN are dysgraphia/dyslexia and many aspergers-type traits (though this has not had a dx so far).

I had loads of fantastic suggestiions here on this thread
www.mumsnet.com/Talk/property/1656630-Do-your-dcs-attend-a-happy-and-decent-mixed-comp-Can-you-buy-a-4-bed-house-for-300-000-within-walking-distance
but unfortunately the schools I have called so far are generally oversubscribed.

Can anyone please recommend a school for us smile
(have also posted in SEN topic)

marialuisa Tue 15-Jan-13 13:42:34

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar, Ashbourne (a comp despite the name)

Tingalingle Tue 15-Jan-13 14:17:45

Try this one (really must stop recommending it, or it'll stop being undersubscribed and my DD won't get a place!). Friend's autistic child is happy there, as is my stressball son after we moved him from a school where he too was being bullied.

Tingalingle Tue 15-Jan-13 14:25:52

Can't quite find the house you requested but this one at 325k is deffo walking distance.

Oodsigma Tue 15-Jan-13 15:42:54

Have Pmed you

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Tue 15-Jan-13 16:59:01

Bournside school in Cheltenham?

diabolo Tue 15-Jan-13 17:25:58

Bury St Edmunds County Upper?

Ofsted outstanding, way above average GCSE results and many people say its pastoral care is its best feature. I know many children with all types of SEN, statemented and not, who attend and thrive.

www.countyupper.suffolk.sch.uk/Welcome.htm

swearbyit Tue 15-Jan-13 20:46:33

Either of the two Kendal comprehensives could suit your son. Kirkbie Kendal or Queen Katherine. Lovely market town, and your budget should be do-able for a 4 bed detatched.

Sickandsad Tue 15-Jan-13 20:58:26

I have heard that the Friends School in Saffron Walden is excellent for children with SEN. Apparently, they offer bursaries if they feel that the child will really benefit from the school.

SusieP40 Tue 15-Jan-13 21:51:40

Argh, just lost the long message to you all - bloody internet tonight!

Anyway, brifely this time in case I lose it again ... this is brilliant, thank you smile! I will ring each school suggested tomorrow and ask to speak with SENCO and Admissions person. Hopefully someone will oblige and have a space for ds .

Anyone else?

Gosforth junior high will almost certainly have spaces in Y8. They're good for SEN.

DeafLeopard Tue 15-Jan-13 21:58:40

Susie I PMd you on your other thread, the school DS is at is over subscribed each year for Y7 admissions, but they frequently squeeze extras in - particularly if they have SEN - diagnosed or not.

DS has flourished since he started there. The SEN block is always staffed and open to all students whether they have SEN or not - whether they want a chat, support, a cuppa, just feel lonely / vulnerable or want to access a computer.

5madthings Tue 15-Jan-13 22:00:35

Hethersett high school Norwich has a specialist dyslexic unit that has won awards.

It is generally undersubscribed. My son moved there last year in yr 9, mid term move.

Roseformeplease Tue 15-Jan-13 22:02:47

I pmd you before and have done so again. But do you really mean anywhere or do you mean England / Home Counties?

Roseformeplease Tue 15-Jan-13 22:03:45

NB Lots of space - undersubscribed!

SusieP40 Tue 15-Jan-13 22:21:37

Rose, yes anywhere! Our business is internet-based so we are mobile - I havent yet come across anywehre I would outright refuse to move to!

SusieP40 Tue 15-Jan-13 22:23:08

Just rechecked my spreadsheet Rose - yes your school looks amazing, Wow! We are holidaying in that part of the UK at Easter. Cant wait. smile

Oodsigma Tue 15-Jan-13 22:38:06

You do realise you'll have to come back & tell us where so we can be nosy help you house hunt!

It almost feels like there should be a prize with everyone competing over areas & your spread sheet!

Oodsigma Tue 15-Jan-13 22:38:21

You do realise you'll have to come back & tell us where so we can be nosy help you house hunt!

It almost feels like there should be a prize with everyone competing over areas & your spread sheet!

sashh Wed 16-Jan-13 06:16:45

Have you considered a special school.

I have no idea how good / bad the school is but I know it specialises in ASD. The old school only had about 60 pupils but they are relocating it to a site shared with a local comp.

https://www.wolverhampton-engage.net/sites/anonymous/BSF/Pages/TettenhallWoodSpecialSchool.aspx

Roseformeplease Wed 16-Jan-13 19:12:05

If holidaying here, PM me for a tour!

Takver Wed 16-Jan-13 22:36:41

DD hasn't started there yet, but everything I have seen and heard suggests that this school is very good with children with SEN particularly dyslexia/dyspraxia types.

I have two friends, one's son is very severely dyspraxic (to the extent that he was considering a special school) - he has done fantastically well there, in all top sets, she says the key thing is that everything is about what you CAN do, not what you can't. Ditto another friend's dd who is severely dyslexic, again she has just got a string of A* at GCSE.

I am hoping fingers crossed that dd will also be very happy there smile

Takver Wed 16-Jan-13 22:37:25

I would also strongly recommend this area for quality of life smile

SusieP40 Thu 17-Jan-13 17:22:48

Oodsigma, I ill send a virtual bouquet to who ever makes the best suggestion!!

Stil ploughing through the list - trying to find a school suitable for ds PLUS schools for dds , none of which can be oversubscribed is proving to be challenging. We were going to visit one of the areas we liked this wekeend but sodding snow has put a stop to that! Was looking forward to a nice weekend away.

Thanks so much for all suggestions and pms. You are all fab - dh is very impressed with the power of Mumsnet grin

Any more suggestions?

SusieP40 Thu 17-Jan-13 17:24:00

Takver, I have friends from Merthyr and they both claim it rains alot there. How is it further North where you suggested? It looks lovely.

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