I am starting to look for a secondary school for my son. Currently he is at a friendly, small, creative school which develops the whole child and this is fantastic for him as he is dyslexic and struggles academically. He is currently two years behind his peers in literacy and numeracy, although is creative and does well in other areas. His previous school largely ignored him and because he is so well behaved his needs were overlooked, which is why I moved him. Now I am starting to worry about the right school for him and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions of good, supportive secondary schools in the south East London area (we are dulwich based). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Most CRESTED registered schools with special dyslexia provision are Independent ( or were when i was looking a few years ago). Some may offer bursaries though. Worth checking their list to see if there is one near you.
OP, my DD is y4 and over the last 6 months we have had a big rethink of her likely secondary school choices after a proper assessment of her dyslexia. We are in SE London but some distance from you so different subset of schools and local authority. Like your DS she is very creative, loves art and writing her own stories. She really struggles with spelling and finds any kind of timed test very stressful, learning times tables is difficult.
Regarding possible school choices, I got some really good insights from others on here so have a look at threads under my username. At the moment the most likely route is comprehensive. There are very few schools in London with dyslexia friendly accreditation from the BDA but certain secondary schools will have a higher level of SEN resources than others.
Quite a few children do go to Fairlley House on a statement (I am an X parent) but most do so by going to tribunal with a specialist education lawyer, not an easy or quick or cheap thing to do.
Worth it if you are going there from a young age but the school only goes to age 13 and many leave when they reach 11 so I don't think it's a great option, unless you already have a statement for dyslexia (they seem to be very rare).
I'm afraid I can't help re South London as we were North. Good luck
Thank you everyone for your thoughts. Feel so sad knowing secondary school isn't going to be easy for him (academically speaking) but hopefully I'll find a place that can support him as much as his primary school does now.