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doingwhatican · 24/04/2021 20:36

After the holidays we need to start deciding on a school for my severely visually impaired son. He’ll be in year 5 but we want to have chats with the sen coordinators and heads before deciding so starting early. My son has an EHCP so we can name a school.
Do any parents have any advice for what to look for in a secondary? They all seem so big and I worry about him getting around. Any other tips or experiences about how your child got on? Thank you!

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Ellie56 · 25/04/2021 09:51

Presumably when you first had the EHC Needs assessment advice was sought from a teacher for the visually impaired. I would go back to them and ask them for advice on what to look for in a secondary school.

If there have not been any assessments carried out for some time, you may feel you need to request a reassessment of needs.

From what you say your son should be transferring to secondary in September 2023. You should be aware that the AR needs to take place in the autumn term of Y6, so that the EHCP is finalised naming the secondary school at the very latest by 15th February 2023.

doingwhatican · 25/04/2021 10:17

Thank you! Our SENCO is actually amazing and has lots of experience and advice. And she is on it which is great. But would love to hear about transitions from other parents of VI children. So many things to factor in - size, distance, specialisms, pastoral care, academics. We’re lucky to have good london state secondaries to choose from.

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Greenandcabbagelooking · 29/04/2021 20:37

Linden Lodge?

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