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ameretto

Mainstream secondary schools with ASD provision?

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ameretto   

Hi all,

 

Wonder if anyone can advise me? or just share their experiences/knowledge?

 

I am looking to return to London in the next couple of years for career reasons, but obviously with as ASD child it is important i get it right in terms of schools.

 

DS will be due to transfer to secondary school in 2009 and that would be a good time to make the move, so thought i'd do some forward planning and research.

 

He is very academically able but will need significant support with organisation, somewhere to hide from playground chaos, an understanding of his sensory issues etc. So what we will need is a school that can cater to both his academic potential and his ASD. Mainstream with an ASD unit/programme would be ideal. Perhaps even a grammar/selective school?

 

Problem is i'm having trouble finding this kind of info without trawling through reams of junk on ofsted/ london borough websites. I've already been looking for three weeks and haven't discovered much.

 

I'm prepared to consider any area in London, if i can only find the right school.

 

I've heard Haberdashers Askes's Hatcham college in Lewisham has ASD places but know nothing more than that (and the school haven't got back to me which isn't encouraging i think).

 

But all suggestions/ info gratefully received. By all means PM me if there are legal/discretion issues.

 

Thanks in advance!!

 

Natasha

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av16   

Hi, I'd be interested in this too exept I'm a year in advance- Sept 2008 for my boy. Sounds very similar in terms of requirements!.

 

AV

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I don't know how upto date this document is but it might help you.

 

http://www.autismlondon.org.uk/pdf-files/f...ls_Lists_UK.pdf

 

It provides a list of schools that support students with autism. Some I would think are mainstream. At least it might provide you with a starting point.

 

Here is the page that link came from incase a direct link doesn't work.

 

http://www.autismlondon.org.uk/publications/factsheets.htm

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ameretto   
I don't know how upto date this document is but it might help you.

 

http://www.autismlondon.org.uk/pdf-files/f...ls_Lists_UK.pdf

 

It provides a list of schools that support students with autism. Some I would think are mainstream. At least it might provide you with a starting point.

 

Here is the page that link came from incase a direct link doesn't work.

 

http://www.autismlondon.org.uk/publications/factsheets.htm

 

Thanks, David, i'll have a look.

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ameretto   
It's a good starting point; it's not complete yet, but a couple on there i'll follow up.

 

Anyone else who can give me some pointers?

 

ANyone at all?? :crying:

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Have you tried contacting a NAS support group in your area. There must be other parents with students at schools near you.

 

http://www.autism.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly....=914&a=7548

 

I'm afraid I can't be any more help than that. At the wrong end of the country for you unfortunatally. I would be tempted to consider special schools as well though. The one I worked at was superb and also sent students out to a local mainstream. The advantage of it this way round though was that they had a member of support staff assigned particularly to them. This I believe your very unlikely to get in a mainstream. All the best, David.

 

EDIT: Here is a list from NAS of schools that have a link with autism in London:

http://www.info.autism.org.uk/Pages/Browse...r=254&hi=-1

Edited by David Matthew Baker

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