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Egerton Rothesay school - feedback

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Loueytb3 Wed 27-Jan-16 08:19:06

Does anyone have any feedback on Egerton Rothesay school (positive or negative)? It looks as though we are going to see it this week. We are looking at secondary level for DS1 who has ASD. I am fully prepared that we may have a fight to get the LA to fund it.

I've also posted in chat but haven't had any responses yet.

mumsuzz Wed 27-Jan-16 14:14:58

Hi there

My daughter started there in September. She has an ASD diagnosis and a learning disability. She is only 7 though - she is in Poplar the junior school, which is in a separate building to the secondary.

We are very pleased with it. She is in a class of 8 (with two teachers and two TAs). She is much happier and is settled at ERS. Her main teacher is great. She has one to one social communication, OT, SALT.

We managed to agree part funding with the LA. ERS have a good statementing officer who was helpful as we were going through the process.

PM me if you have more questions.

Anomia10 Wed 27-Jan-16 23:07:30

Why don't you ask the school, if they have a list of parents, willing to speak to prospective parents, such as yourself?

Loueytb3 Thu 28-Jan-16 08:05:57

mumsuzz - thank you. I may well PM you later. I am going along today and I will be asking about funding amongst other things. Small class sizes is one of the reasons I am attracted to it as DS1 has very poor concentration and large class sizes make it worse.

Anomia - yes I could, but I suspect they would only pass on details of those parents who are happy with the school and I was trying to see if there were any negative views on here as well. I want to hear about the bad as well as the good IYSWIM

Anomia10 Thu 28-Jan-16 14:16:00

It is true that some schools are better than others - there have been closures of specialist schools over the years. However, the bad eggs in the basket apart, I suspect that there will always be some parents, who are perfectly happy with a school, while others aren't! So for some children it will be a case of a round peg in a round hole - their parents will be very happy. Whereas, the choice of a specialist school may be a compromise by the parents, because there is no exact fit anywhere; some children are more square pegs in a round hole - their parents won't be so happy! (For instance, the most complex children in a school may not get their needs met so well, as the average child in the school's target group)

Its also a matter of expectations, and how clued up the parents are. Finally, parents may have a school imposed on them by a LA, against their wishes.

I suspect you could look at any specialist school, and find parents with positive and negative views, because its human nature! It does not mean to say that either will be your experience, with your child.

ChalkHearts Fri 29-Jan-16 02:07:49

How did it go?

A boy in DSs rugby team goes there. He has a statement for dyspraxia. I know his father is happy with it.

Loueytb3 Fri 29-Jan-16 14:14:03

We really liked it. We were shown around by one of the current yr11 pupils who was extremely eloquent and enthusiastic about the school (despite clearly being a little anxious). From what we could see from the other children showing parents around, they all came across extremely well. Class sizes don't really get above 8-10 in any class. The staff I spoke to all seemed very engaged and knew all the children. I liked the fact that they asked the children which GCSE subjects they wanted to do and then fit the options around them, rather than the other way around. It sounds like a good fit for my DS1. I spoke to his school afterwards and they have said that he is really struggling to concentrate in his class at the moment and smaller class sizes would really help him. We have a lot to think about though, including looking at alternative schools and thinking through how he would get there (which may involve us moving house).

maggiso Sun 31-Jan-16 19:13:33

I know a couple of children who go there and their parents are happy. Sadly ds was turned down as having too high a needs ( he has ASD with severe LD) I think there are buses to quite a few locations.

Stradbroke Mon 01-Feb-16 12:26:54

Mumsuzz I have sent you a PM. Thanks

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