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(10 Posts)
ontherainbow Wed 08-Dec-10 10:58:25

I am currently setting up a new school in Bexley for children aged 11 - 16 who are on the Autistic Spectrum. Our school will also focus on helping children recover from bullying.

If your are interested in sending your child here, please contact me and I will send you further details of our aims and methods of teaching.

Our first intake in Sep 11' will be for children in year 7. Depending on ability and circumstances (severely bullied or unable to cope in Mainstream) older or younger children maybe able to start at this time also.

The school will be Government funded and completely free for all children with or without diagnosis or statements.

ontherainbow Thu 09-Dec-10 23:48:04 for details of the above proposed school

kate2607 Wed 15-Dec-10 18:45:59

Wow that sounds fantastic - what a pity you are so far away from us. Perhaps you might be able to help me with a recommendation, we have just (today) pulled my son out of school after years of bullying and torment at his very pushy, all boys private school in Surrey. His confidence is in tatters! He has recently been diagnosed with mild Aspergers and has some problems with attention. I am desperately trying to find a small, co-ed, nurturing school for next year that has staff who are switched on and imaginative when it comes to teaching. Area is Surrey - Guildford, Cobham, Dorking but willing to travel. Do you have any ideas? TIA and good luck!

tryingtokeepintune Sat 18-Dec-10 21:35:44

kate I think SOS!SEN knows the area you mentioned. Might be an idea to get in touch with them and ask them for recommendations.

ontherainbow Wed 12-Jan-11 00:38:24

Kate - sorry for such a long reply. I don't know the areas you mentioned at all I'm afraid.

If you don't have any luck finding a school suitable, would you consider setting one up yourself?

Our aim for Youthsound is to dot centres around so children everywhere without statements can benefit.

Maybe you know some teachers or mums and dads of SN kids that feel the same as you?

I know this reply is not much use to your question but it was the answer to 10 years of getting nowhere for me. Wish you all the best :-)

IndigoBell Fri 11-Feb-11 12:13:26

Please also look at this thread, about a new school in Salisbury....

meagle Tue 15-Feb-11 10:46:21

On the rainbow - please could you give me some more details on your school? I have a 13 year old boy recently dx with ASD, who has been struggling socially and emotionally at his large mainstream secondary in SE London. I am desperate to move him but don't know to where! As he hates disruption to routine, and change in general, I want to make sure the move is going to be the right one.

english1 Thu 17-Feb-11 11:48:23

hello all - same problem here - looking for schools in SE london,riverston has beennn mentioned- any other like it

ontherainbow Sun 20-Feb-11 16:28:53

Hi meagle and english1,

All the details of our proposed school can be found on

We are now looking at opening 2012 - sorry to all those who wanted places this year (including my son)

I am home-schooling my son (10) at the moment and am looking to teach other children too, to enable 'good' interaction with others - not what most ASD kids get in mainstream...

If you are in SE London, maybe this is an option for you?

If you would like to talk further, please message me privately and I can take details and send you some info.

english 1 - we looked round Riverston, lovely atmosphere, basically what pushed us to start up free school (minus the £800 monthly fees!) For us, home schooling is outstanding and gives our son education that of private school... I am a teacher, but I think parents are understated as teachers so food for thought!

Twilight1 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:59:25

Hi, My son is due to start secondary school in 2014 he is on the ASD spectrum (low end). He has recently had an Educational Psycholigists report which basically confirms that he will need help, however at a recent review with his SENCO I was advised that my son's score could possibly be too high for a school which is strictly for Special Needs however my fear is he will be bullied at a mainstream school. We live in Bexley do you have any advice? It would be greatly appreciated.

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