Independent school specialises in SEN

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Hi all, dd1 struggling at school with friendships and it all seems a bit much this last few terms. She's currently in year 5. Have been thinking a lot lately about secondary and panicking slightly..... She has ADHD. Unmedicated and not stateMented but struggles non the less.

Anyway, a friend mentioned that she had looked at an Indy school for her boy who has AS traits as it does bursaries (I know that all Indy schools do) and does a lot for SEN.

On looking at their website it seems they seem to specialise a fair bit in dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers, dyspraxia and to a degree ADHD and encourages people to go for a no obligation visit. It also states funding is available from various charities and from charities. It also states that the first they do after a visit is do an assessment for a statements of SEN. Also seems they have their own ed psych

So my question is this. Does this seem stop good to be true? The school generally has a very good reputation. Dd has never ever been offered any support so would they help her here??

My friend said she that basically fees are reduced if your child is stateMented there would this be correct and is this why they statement so quick after your child starts? What happens if your statement doesn't go through?? Just a bit confused really thanks

BigBird69 Fri 10-Jan-14 13:45:34

Hi, my son goes to an independent school similar to what you describe. He has a statement and is FULLY funded by the local authority. However, I must stress that to achieve this involved lots of worry and sleepless nights. A lot of children there are paid for by their parents or on burseries. Our son did a trial day there and it was after this that the school advised us to go down the statementing route. Id research it further if you can. X

BigBird69 Fri 10-Jan-14 13:51:23

Ps: private message me if you like but forgot to say, the reason we get the school fees paid is two fold, firstly he has to have a statement ( which is hard to achieve) and secondly the school has to be the names school on the statement. This tends to be harder as you have to put up a pretty good case for why an independent school is better for your child than an authority controlled school. They are only obliged to find an "adequate" education and not necessarily the "best" education. X

MadameSin Sat 01-Feb-14 16:01:15

Stress are you able to give details of this school on here or could you msg me please?? Thanks!

Skylar123 Fri 09-May-14 21:20:34

bigbird stress I know this is an old thread but is there any chance you could give some more info on how to succeed getting LA to fully fund indi school catering for SEN kids. Tbanks

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