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Gretton School, Cambridge

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KeepOnKeepingOn1 Sat 24-Jan-15 13:37:19

Does anybody have any knowledge/experience of this school that they are willing to share? Feel free to PM me if you prefer. smile

Pebbles72 Sun 25-Jan-15 10:39:39

Not the school for my son. I have looked round on a number of occasions and was horrified by the low deucation and behaviour standards and expectations. At assessment they worked hand in glove with the LA to seriously underestimate my son's needs and provision, which was at total odds with his Psychiatrist's and EP's documented views. Their ASD support was fine but educational standards were appalling. I went to tribunal to keep my son out and after a very long drawn out process he is now settled in another independent ASD specialist school with extremely high standards of academic and behaviour experience and expectation, a proven track record of excellence and successfully supporting young people to leave for a life of independence - in work, apprentiships and at university. Many of the parents of chidlren at Gretton love it and decend it to the end but there are three parents at my son's current school who fought tooth and nail to get their sons out due to problems similar to those I have discussed above. I also know many other parents who have done everything possible, including tribunal, to keep their children out. I have heard Gretton described as 'marmite' - love it or hate it - and I certainly fall in to the hate it category. But it is also worth noting that my last dealings with them were just over a year ago so my views could be out of date but if you check their 2013/2014 parent views on the Ofsted web site they make interesting reading.
https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/parent-view-results/survey/result/126328/3

GrettonParent Sun 25-Jan-15 15:31:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pebbles72 Sun 25-Jan-15 18:33:20

I agree Gretton Parent. Children are individual and my son needed a very academically focused environment. The ASD spectrum is so wide and then once personality, learning styles and special interests are in the mix it becomes even wider. One school cannot possibly fit all and parents know when they visit whether their child will thrive in a particular environment. I'll pm you with my DS's school details.

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Mon 26-Jan-15 09:00:38

Thanks to you both. I have read the parent views and can see the 'marmite' thing. It seems like parents whose DC board are 100% supportive. DS1 was out of school for an academic year before being placed in indi ss. His current school may not be perfect but it is nothing short of a miracle that he attends. Schools are so far and few between that there is always some compromise that has to be made.

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