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Boarding school for argumentative, very high functioning Aspergers 10 year old son?

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sprogling Thu 19-Feb-15 21:33:48


We're moving back to the UK (London) and I'm desperately looking for the right boarding school for our bright, naive, sometimes charming and persuasive but mostly challenging and argumentative (no violence/swearing) Aspergers/ADHD/possibly PDA 10 year old son, who also struggles with literacy and the concept of a pecking order..

He's currently in an Aspergers unit attached to a state school in the US but it's not going well at all - we're all exhausted, family life is miserable and he's having a really negative effect on his little sister sad

We've just returned from an unsuccessful trial at More House in Frensham - he wasn't offered a place as he was too argumentative (wouldn't take off his coat and gloves, wouldn't do what he was asked and was overly confident apparently). He was oblivious to all this and thought that the trial went really well and he thought the school was great.

Anyway, I was hoping that someone might be able to recommend a weekly boarding/ full boarding school that understands Aspergers, offers literacy support and can handle argumentative boys who are convinced that they know everything about everything... We've been told that a school for behavioural problems wouldn't be the right place for him (More House also told us this).

I'm now looking into Centre Academy in Norfolk and Northease Manor (although I've been following what's been said about Northease). I've also looked into places like Frewen and Bruern Abbey but I think they would find him too challenging. We'll be self funding as he has a statement here in the US but nothing in the UK other than a pile of CAMHS and Psych reports and I know what the fight ahead will be like.

Any thoughts/opinions would be hugely appreciated - we move back in April and I really don't know what we're going to do.

senvet Fri 20-Feb-15 13:34:38

Egerton? Frewen?

adrianna22 Fri 20-Feb-15 15:28:48

Abingdon house school?

sprogling Sat 21-Feb-15 01:01:46

Thanks! I will investigate.

mojitoice Sun 22-Feb-15 22:34:25

Grateley House and Alderwasley Hall School are both good for PDA.

OneInEight Fri 13-Mar-15 21:21:27

Cruckton Hall near Shrewsbury. It is a SEN school specialising in Aspergers/Autism. Our son is in his first year there (year 7) and it seems to be handling the fact he is bright. It Long way from London, but I believe they have a weekly boarder from Reading.

frustratedmom1 Wed 17-Aug-16 12:57:55

Hi OneInEight,
Is your son still at this school? Is it a fee-paying school? I looked it up but I don't see anything about fees or the entry requirement.
We have an 8yr old ADHD/ODD girl. I'm having her tested further for Autism. We are overseas right now but considering a move to the UK in december so I'm currently looking at boarding options....depending on testing and possible changes to medication to see if it makes a difference.

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