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Secondary schools in Wilts/Hants - independent or state - good with Asperger's

(62 Posts)
inappropriatelyemployed Tue 01-Jan-13 18:20:54

Ideas anyone? DS is reaching transition stage.

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 04-Jan-13 19:01:14

The LA initially tried to put it down to trauma associated with his first primary and his treatment there.

But clearly you and I are a bit more sensible grin

inappropriatelyemployed Wed 09-Jan-13 14:03:36

Blimey. It's never easy is it? DS is in such a lovely, supportive primary now (his third one!) but this bears no relation to secondary school. He frequently can't cope with the classroom now so how would he manage with all that moving from room to room and all the children?!

ladievix Tue 22-Jan-13 21:02:57

Southlands and Grateley House School in the Cambian Group are far better equipped for working with young people on the austistic spectrum and asperger syndrome.

inappropriatelyemployed Tue 22-Jan-13 21:06:14

Not sure why this thread has suddenly been resurrected but thanks!

The schools you mention seem to cater for children at the more extreme end of the spectrum in terms of behaviour.

ladievix Tue 22-Jan-13 21:39:58

I am new to this but I have experienced St Edwards, Grateley House & Southlands. Both the Cambian Schools would be streaks ahead in working with students with ASD. Thier specialist knowledge and training in the AS field is impressive. St Eds is not an ASD School, and I am sure it does not have any specialist knowledge in that field. St Eds is an BESD school. I am not sure whether one can access exclusion data, but I am confident the exclusion rate at St Eds would be greater also. Grateley & Southlands are for high functioning AS. There are schools in thier group that cater for the more extreme end of the spectrum.

inappropriatelyemployed Tue 22-Jan-13 21:46:04

I don't mean to sound cynical but this thread has been resurrected and it was a few weeks old by a sudden advert for Cambian schools at a time when another local school is facing controversy.

Strange thing to pick for your first post unless you are trying to advertise for the school.

If I am wrong I apologise.

inappropriatelyemployed Tue 22-Jan-13 21:47:44

Oh and their own literature suggests the children at Grately have a history of exclusions. My son doesn't fit that profile.

newregard Tue 22-Jan-13 22:33:44

I've nc but I have experience of Grateley and Southlands. I'd agree that they're far ahead of any other schools working with HFA, and most of the students are academically able. The schools are environments set up for the needs of AS, the staff are all amazingly well-chosen (from the admin to the support staff) and well-trained.

The students are severe though in terms of their needs (but this doesn't just mean behavioural needs) - this is mainly a result of the (necessarily) high fees, so less severe cases end up in cheaper schools (even cheaper independent schools).

Some students have been excluded, but I think more have been out because of school refusal or high anxiety, so not always the disruptive type. And often this type of behaviour only emerges in the pre-pubescent years, when expectations become higher or when they transfer to a mainstream secondary which can be a terrifying experience for those with AS, however high functioning. So some of the quieter, more passive bright AS children can end up there in the later years of secondary, once an original mainstream/mixed special school placement breaks down.

utterlyscared1 Wed 23-Jan-13 14:12:11

Hi. I live in Hants and know several parents who send their DC to More House who highly recommend it. (Sorry - know this is Surrey, but is just over the Hants border)

Lifeisontheup Wed 23-Jan-13 16:59:21

My DS is at More House and I can highly recommend it.

inappropriatelyemployed Wed 23-Jan-13 20:42:45

Thanks so much that is helpful.

More House might be a bit too far for us. Is Grately academic? DS is bright.

Does anyone know anything about Romsey School's ASD unit?

ladievix Thu 24-Jan-13 19:28:21

My first posting was not a nice experience thanks to inappropriatelyemployed. Sequencing things is not my strong point, so apologies if I posted in wrong place at wrong time. Its probably a bit of my AS coming out. Sadly yes I think you are very cynical. I apologise for daring to offer my opinion, but when I have had first hand experience I feel that I may have some valuable input to those less cynical. But maybe you are right. Maybe I should approach the company and ask to be head of marketing. Thanks. I think in future I will keep my thoughts to myself.

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