Currently at lovely country prep, with charming very normal but slightly less intelligent sister. i need advice on boarding school (we are English based in Hong Kong) for lovely, intelligent but suspected mildly dyspraxic boy. Loves Rugby but not co-ordinated. Loves Maths and Science, but cannot write fluently. Not at all musical but adores reading and definitely not dyslexic. Have been loath to have him tested as hate the idea of labels. Need full boarding school as we live abroad. He is at Cothill Trust school and loves it. No issues with boarding for him.
Please be careful if you are deciding on any of the schools under the Cothill Trust umbrella. We are a small independent school in Brighton that was aquired by the Cothill Trust, which took over the running of the school in Sept 2012.
They have now decided to close the school and sell off the assets, leaving 150 children to find alternative arrangements and they are not helping in the search for new schools. The reason for this is that the cothill trust is not viable anymore and the schools under the Cothill Trust banner are hanging on by a thread - it looks as though other schools within the trust could be up for closure in the not to distant future.
Still looking? Forres Sandle Manor in Hampshire. DD1 is a full boarder there and loves it. Loads of children in at the weekends as well, and very flexible if we want to take DD1 out for an odd weekend. We moved her there from her last prep school as she was often the only girl there on a Sunday.
What does his current head say? They should be the primary source of advice.
Leighton Park is nice, good pastoral, etc, but with that or any other school I would want real numbers of how many children are around on Saturday evenings /Sundays as definitions of full boarding seem to vary hugely.
Out of curiosity, if he has not been tested, how do you know he is definitely not dyslexic?
I ask as the parent of a non typical dyslexic (reads well, comprehends well, but underperforms very badly on written work) who teachers thought was not dyslexic, and an EP could make a really useful assessment and suggestions for.
If privately done, then any labels are entirely private!