If you saw my Straight Back To Routine post, you would of saw my initial feelings about Mr L going to high school. We are now into the 3rd week of term and the boy has totally stunned me, it's as if he instantly matured over night. We truly agonised over sending him to a mainstream high school, he really struggled in primary and it was only the support of the Head Teacher and his amazing TA's that got him through the years.
Our first choice for Mr L to go into the resource provision where he could get more tailored support, but the LEA decided he wouldn't be suited to the environment. The children who have places have low educational function, whereas Mr L is very intelligent, he requires a mainstream education with specialist support. This is not available in our area apart from one private funded school which would be a battle to get into, and even if he didn't get in we wouldn't be able to get him to the school.
We always involve Mr L in decisions about his future and he expressed the desire to go the the mainstream school as that's where his friends where going, so we went with him and I am so glad we did.
We had an arrangement in place that his TA from primary would go over with him for the first 6 week term and help him settle in. We are now in the 3rd week and he is already transitioning into her going back to primary. This week she is only with him in the morning and by next week she won't be with him at all. He is managing to go between lessons, remembering to write down homework, he has even socialised in the dining room at lunch! He didn't even manage that during the whole time in primary!
He has full access to the resource provision within school, so if things get too much he can go there for some quiet time, he is free to go there at break and lunch. This week he has just got himself a library pass and he has been spending time there to. He has told me of new friends he has made and his desire to have a mobile phone to he can chat to his friends.
Yet again he has proved us all wrong, when we think things won't work or might be a struggle he proves he can do it. I think we have doubt due to how tough it has been, I'm not naive to the fact that it's not all going to be plain sailing, but its a pretty good start.