Today’s problem comes from our Life on the Frontline Mum.
Those that read my weekly blog will know that my youngest son has massive anxieties around school. Whilst we originally thought that the local high school would be a suitable school for him to attend from year seven, we have now changed our minds. The school is already supporting my oldest son really successfully, through their learning support centre. This is a corridor in the school dedicated to helping those who struggle with a mainstream environment. The school receives additional funding to facilitate this as they are what our local authority calls an “enhance resources” school. However, the school has already indicated that supporting both our children, at the same time, will cause them problems, they have stated that both children will not be able to access Learning Support simultaneously.
As we already had fears that our youngest was nowhere near the same level of emotional maturity of our oldest or able to deal with social encounters as well, we have come to see that this high school could maybe make Smalls anxieties around school even greater
We have therefore identified an independent school, specialising in supporting children with emotional, social and behavioural problems. It is a new independent school with fantastic facilities, a small number of students and it is close by, although out of area.
My problem is that I do worry about taking my son out of a mainstream setting. All his friends from school will go to the local high school and many of the students at the other school travel long distances to get there. I also worry that his educational potential will not be fully realised, although I know that finding a safe place for him to be educated must come first.
Has anyone else taken their child out of a mainstream setting to attend a specialist school? Has it been a success for your child?
I know people have suggested homeschooling for my situation but, I really don’t feel that is right for us as a family or Small and he is dead set against the idea.
I’d love to hear about other people’s experiences.