Choosing the right school will be one of the most important factors in your SEN child’s lives. The chosen school will not only lead the development of your child’s intellect, but it will shape their personality and build their aspirations for their future.
What do I need to consider when choosing an SEN School?
There are so many issues to consider: teaching experience with particular SEN, school size/ number of pupils, class size, number of therapists, location, school facilities, single sex or co-ed, curriculum, affordability of fees etc. Assuming the school is the right fit for the child, you also want to know what is the finishing age of pupils, because a lot of SEN schools do not go beyond 16. The following pages of our site will give you an overview of each of these areas to help you understand your priorities. We also produce a comprehensive eGuide on ‘How to Choose an SEN School’ which you can obtain in one of this section’s sub headings.
How do I find a school?
Between this site and our www.best-schools.co.uk site, we list the basic details of every private school in the UK, including how to request a prospectus and a link to the website. We endeavour to build relationships with most of these schools; we visit new schools each year and form our own judgement of the strengths of each one.
Families that choose to take on our bespoke consultancy benefit from much more detail of each potential school; this personalised service comes from our years of experience in dealing with families and schools as well as further support in making that final decision. We also provide a detailed questionnaire to take on your visits to each prospective school; it is important to complete a questionnaire straight after a visit as if you are visiting 3 or more schools as they all start to merge into one another! Forming a matrix of answers from separate questionnaires helps you to arrive at a clearer decision.
For bespoke advice on the right school , phone us on (+44) 1622 813870