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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:40 pm 
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Good afternoon,

We have a son who is in year 5 and dyslexic. His reading is good but his spelling and memory is not where it should be. We would like him to go to an independent school. We have visited and liked KES, Solihull and Bromsgrove. KES would probably be first choice as it is much closer than the other two.

We are concerned that he wouldn’t get into any of the schools because for the written task in particular he would score very poorly. We would be very interested in hearing from any parents who have dyslexic children in any of the above schools. How are they coping? Is there any support for them in school? Do they have extra time for the exam?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Dyslexic son
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:42 pm 
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Some friends of ours had a similar dyslexic child. You are correct in saying that the they may struggle to get into the likes of KES and Solihull.

In the end our friends sent their son to St Georges in Edgbaston who seem to specialise in handling that particular SEN issue. That was some years ago so I don't know what it's like now - maybe worth a visit on open day.


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 Post subject: Re: Dyslexic son
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:48 pm 
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https://kes.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2 ... Report.pdf

Its clear from this inspection report that in 2017 KES had 41 pupils with SEN including with conditions like dyslexia and dyspraxia. Since none had a statement of special educational needs or an education,health and care plan the conditions are likely not to have been that severe.I would simply talk to the admissions office and ask them about exam arrangements and whether any pupils have been given extra time during the admissions exam.Extra is a bit of a misnomer its time to reduce the discrimination they have been suffering and to level the playing field.

What is yous sons normal way of working ? Do you have a report from a psychologist or an appropriate expert from your Local authority ? Does he get extra time for exams now ? It may be worth pursuing an application.Speaking to the school may help you in the direction of travel.

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 Post subject: Re: Dyslexic son
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Alternatively (bearing in mind the schools you have said you have visited, which are a fair distance apart), what about Sibford School? It has a dyslexia specialist unit and it's Quaker ethos and pastoral care is second to none. A lovely little school, well worth considering.


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 Post subject: Re: Dyslexic son
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:19 pm 
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France25a wrote:
Good afternoon,

We have a son who is in year 5 and dyslexic. His reading is good but his spelling and memory is not where it should be. We would like him to go to an independent school. We have visited and liked KES, Solihull and Bromsgrove. KES would probably be first choice as it is much closer than the other two.

We are concerned that he wouldn’t get into any of the schools because for the written task in particular he would score very poorly. We would be very interested in hearing from any parents who have dyslexic children in any of the above schools. How are they coping? Is there any support for them in school? Do they have extra time for the exam?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks


DD is dyslexic so whilst I cant comment on the boys schools in this regard, I can perhaps be of assistance in terms of how you get extra time for the KES exam and what care is required through secondary school. Please PM me.
As an aside we had no idea she was dyslexic when she sat the 11+ and scored 179. With love from the family and support from a good school she got 5 A* and 5 A grades in her GCSE and is now at CHG. So please let me know if I can help...AK.


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 Post subject: Re: Dyslexic son
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:43 pm 
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Thank you everyone. He has a professional diagnosis so hopefully this should help. I’ll look into that school, thank you for recommendation. I have sent an email to the KES admissions lady and will wait for her to get back to me. Thank you AK, I’ll PM you later tonight.
You’ve been really helpful and I greatly appreciate it.


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 Post subject: Re: Dyslexic son
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:59 pm 
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I don’t know these schools but you should call the SENCOs and speak to them. If your DS’ diagnosis was instigated by his primary school you should be able to arrange special exam conditions. However if you have a private diagnosis you may run into trouble. It would be safer to get your primary to confirm they agree etc. Some schools will not accept private diagnoses.


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 Post subject: Re: Dyslexic son
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:55 pm 
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Hi, my DD is dyslexic, has a independant educational psychologist report and none of the grammars or KEHS allowed extra time even though it was her usual style of learning. Birmingham even refused to allow her to have yellow paper stating she could use an overlay... You can imagine how long it would take to use an overlay!
Unsuprisingly she didn't get into any of the schools but has just started at Highclare which has been fantastic. Even after a few weeks they seem to really understand her needs and I have just received an Individual Education plan from them to consider. Probably too far for you to consider but I can highly recommend looking into the independant schools when your child doesn't necessarily fit into the square box that the more selective schools expect.


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