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We've just signed up to seconday internet school for DS1. Feeling very excited.

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Bubble99 Sun 07-Sep-08 21:39:14

He'll be starting next September after finishing KS2, and he is already impressed that he will be able to do maths lessons in his pyjamas. grin

He'll be doing KS3 following the NC and then (hopefully) going on to IGCSEs and A levels

It feels like a big step and we've agreed that we'll try it and see how it goes.

He'll be in a smaller group than at our local comp and will be taught in a group set by ability, rather than age.

I'm sad that he won't be able to do GCSEs in stuff like art and drama, which requires coursework - but feel pleased that he won't have the pressure of having to fit in to a huuuuuge school after being the oldest child in the first cohort of a new primary school.

This all feels strange. I am the child of a teacher and went to a state comp myself - but the standard of our local school is so poor that I feel we have no option.

He's also looking forward to having every afternoon to do his own thing and I'm already thinking that we can eventually travel with all of our boys, as long as we have computer access during term times.

oops Sun 07-Sep-08 21:45:26

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AMumInScotland Sun 07-Sep-08 21:45:35

Good luck with it Bubble, my DS certainly finds it works well for him.

If your DS is interested in art and drama, then you can always find groups which do those things. Maybe an evening art course in your area?

Bubble99 Sun 07-Sep-08 22:18:33

Thanks, oops and AMIS smile

AMIS. We have a local after school art club which we are planning to sign him up for next September. He went for a week during the summer holidays and loved it.

I've been really impressed with the service we've had from Interhigh already. We've emailed a load of questions and they've come straight back with answers. I'm intrigued and impressed that they've manged a school drama production, too. How on earth would that work?!

1dilemma Sun 07-Sep-08 22:37:03

wow bubble good luck, will the others stay where they are for the time being? dare I ask how will you supervise him?

(havn't seen you around for a while hope all is OK? we're having a major nursery crisis and I wish yours were here IYSWIM)

Bubble99 Sun 07-Sep-08 22:40:03

Thanks, 1dilemma.

We're lucky in that either DH or I can be at home during the day, as we work for ourselves.

I wish we were nearer you, too.

I would love to have a mnet nursery. smile

snorkle Mon 08-Sep-08 00:09:03

wow bubble - it sounds exciting. I hope it works out really well.

1dilemma Mon 08-Sep-08 00:12:09

lol could you cope with all the fussy Mothers though!!
saw your 'thinking about homed' thread -glad you're getting it sorted

snorkle Mon 08-Sep-08 00:24:38

How will you cover the PE side of things? We haved several home ed. kids at swim club which I suspect is so the parents can tick the PE box when they're asked, but is also good from a social perspective too (though to be honest probably not the best sport socially).

MarsLady Mon 08-Sep-08 00:31:11

Hey bubbly one. grin

nappyaddict Mon 08-Sep-08 07:04:17

is he into anything like football, rugby, cricket or tennis? these are things that you can do at local clubs rather than at school.

AMumInScotland Mon 08-Sep-08 10:01:50

Hi Bubble, the drama production worked like a "radio play" really, though TBH my DS wasn't involved - he's so not into drama!

mummyloveslucy Wed 10-Sep-08 18:27:31

Just out of interest, how much does it cost to do this over the internet?
Our local seconderies are awful too and I hated school. My daughter is very young but I'm interested in home ed for secondery.

AMumInScotland Wed 10-Sep-08 19:56:17

Hi, the one Bubble's just signed up for, and my DS is already at (Interhigh) is currently £2100 for the year. But you also have to pay exam fees yourself when the time comes. There are a couple of others doing something similar in the UK - I think the prices are similar too.

nappyaddict Sun 14-Sep-08 16:09:52

well it is cheaper than the private school route i suppose - still quite expensive though.

i take it you have no grammar schools near you?

our local schools aren't great either so i am considering a steiner school for ds which isn't as expensive as other private schools. i know other children who go there and am happy that the whole Anthroposothy thing isn't pushed (if it was he wouldn't be going there)

rosysslave Mon 15-Sep-08 11:25:21


I am just starting to home school a year 7 boy as well, he didn't get a place at his sister's school and the others on offer aren't really options. I dont suppose any of you are in London, are you?

I was wondering if anyone had any views about the home resource packs you can buy as I need something to give our days a bit more structure. (I have looked at interhigh but the fees are a bit much for us.)

Runnerbean Mon 15-Sep-08 11:47:26


I'm in London, have you joined any local groups?
Where in london are you?

My dd is working at KS3 level and I have picked up loads of CPG books which are brill from charity shops and boot fairs.
You can also get them direct from their website or from WHSmiths.
This helps to give some sort of structure to what we are doing as I can dip into them if we're not feeling inspired!
Also you can reassure yourself that you are covering what they would be doing in school.

rosysslave Mon 15-Sep-08 20:15:10


I'm in southeast London, elephant and castle, and feeling like a pariah at the moment! Tell me you are just down the road <very hopeful face>

What does CPG stand for?

Where do I find details of local groups?

Thanks so much for your help.

littleoldme Mon 15-Sep-08 20:24:00

Just happened across this thread and am fascinated. If your kids are secondary age you may find some of the resources on here useful.

Runnerbean Mon 15-Sep-08 22:01:43

Join these groups:

try this



I'm in SE9

you can contact me on

We have a large HE group in SE13 you could come along to.

Runnerbean Mon 15-Sep-08 22:01:53

Join these groups:

try this



I'm in SE9

you can contact me on

We have a large HE group in SE13 you could come along to.

Runnerbean Mon 15-Sep-08 22:05:35

Sorry try this

and this

Runnerbean Mon 15-Sep-08 22:24:23

for books try

rosysslave Tue 16-Sep-08 20:53:44


Thanks very much for those links. I will definitely be in touch.

Winetimeisfinetime Tue 16-Sep-08 21:02:16

Hope all goes well for your ds when he joins Interhigh, Bubble. My ds has been internet schooling for a couple of years now and is doing well and enjoying it.

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