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Dyslexic friendly Independent senior schools

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by sheunwin, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. sheunwin

    sheunwin New commenter

    Advice would be welcome - I am a parent (and specialist teacher) of a year 7 dyslexic child moving from special sch - has progressed from 3 years behind to just below average in 18 months. I have been advised she wouldn't thrive in large classes so looking at IND sector - cannot find any school willing to take her. We are just inside Essex. Any recommendations or advice would be great.
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Sorry can't help but insupportable that schools turn her away . Should be named and shamed . Good Luck
  3. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    If she's in Year 7 now and hoping for immediate or start of Year 8 entry, they may well turn anyone away: the standard admissions points are at 11+ and 13+ and independents are very often completely full. Has her dyslexia been explicitly named as a reason for rejecting her?
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    A great many independent schools simply won't have the specialist learning support your child needs. So, despite smaller classes, your daughter would be unable to cope. Going from a special school to one with no specialist support available at all would be a huge jump.

    A great many more are selective. If your daughter is working below average, she simply wouldn't be able to keep up with the classes, especially if she has needed special school provision to get to that point.

    It's not always that schools are unwilling to take a child, but that they know their school would not be able to meet your child's needs. And as @jarndyce points out, the chance of schools having space to start in year 8 is very small, before you add in all the extra needs.

    Does your daughter's current school have any recommendations? Can she stay there for another year, make similar progress to the last 18 months and then sit the usual entrance exams for 13+ schools?
  5. JulesDaulby

    JulesDaulby Occasional commenter

  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Bredon school is in Gloucestershire, :eek:but does have boarding if you'd consider that.

    Gives you a list of Dyslexia registered schools. None suitable in Essex, but several in Kent, London, Suffolk, depending on where in Essex you are.
    But...all the above posts also apply. You are looking at a very unusual time, so will have trouble finding a much sought after place.
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