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should my autistic son go to a single-sex or mixed secondary school?

(12 Posts)
worriedmum35 Tue 12-Apr-16 13:16:16

My DS has ASD and I would appreciate some views on whether he should go to a single-sex or mixed state secondary school?
thanks in advance smile

FanjofortheMammaries Tue 12-Apr-16 13:22:45

I'm not sure the gender of the kids at a school is really that relevant? Far more relevant is the support given and the tolerant atmosphere.

worriedmum35 Tue 12-Apr-16 14:15:21

FanjofortheMammaries I'm interested as to why you say that. Do you not find that your child gets on better with their own sex, or is it equal?

FanjofortheMammaries Tue 12-Apr-16 14:18:30

That could apply to all kids. All kids are different.

FanjofortheMammaries Tue 12-Apr-16 14:18:59

There is no rule as to which gender a child with aSD will get on best with.

PandasRock Tue 12-Apr-16 14:23:14

I think you have t find the school which suits your child. No hard and fast rules on single sex, or mixed, just lots of looking around until,you find one where you can 'see' your son fitting in.

I can't even begin to think about this, as my did is at a very small SN school. For much of her time there she has been the only girl in her class, but then there are only 4 girls in the whole school! Such is the make up,of her school. It remains the right placement for her, however.

FanjofortheMammaries Tue 12-Apr-16 14:38:42

unusually there are 3 girls with ASD in DD's class and 2 boys smile

PandasRock Tue 12-Apr-16 14:48:33

smile

All 4 girls are in the same class now, along with 2 boys, funny how things work out sometimes.

FanjofortheMammaries Tue 12-Apr-16 15:14:21

Not meaning to be unhelpful OP its just that its not a question anyone can really answer.

Melawati Tue 12-Apr-16 16:00:13

I agree, it really depends on the school itself and whether it is well set up to meet your dc's needs. There are great coed schools that can do this and great single sex schools too, and rubbush ones of both. Only visiting what's available locally and asking them specific questions about how they would support your DS would give you the answer.

zzzzz Tue 12-Apr-16 16:30:34

What is it that makes you think ASD would have an impact on which would suit? confused

Fwiw all of my ds's friends are girls.

PolterGoose Tue 12-Apr-16 19:08:50

Agree with the others. The right school will be the right school. Sex should be irrelevant.

My ds's friendship group is half and half boys and girls.

My understanding is that for typical children girls tend to do better academically at single sex schools and boys tend to do better at mixed sex schools.

I think our children need as broad a potential base for friendship as possible.

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