My four year old started in Reception at an independent school in Clapham in September 2021. Over the half term break he was diagnosed with ASD. We knew before he started school that he would need additional support and made the school aware of this and that he was on the waiting list for an ASD assessment. Whilst the school were very reassuring and do have a strong SENCo provision, we feel he is not being well accommodated with reasonable adjustments to help him feel settled and fully access the curriculum. His class teacher seems to take the view that his additional needs are a disruption and a behavioural issue.
We are in talks with the school about this but I am also looking into back up options if we decide this isn’t the right setting for him. Does anyone have experience of a school in Clapham/Balham/Battersea or around Dulwich that has small class sizes, a nurturing environment and genuinely good SENCo support? My son is high functioning, bright and verbal so we and his medical team feel a mainstream setting is most appropriate for him. We would prefer independent to state school for the class sizes but are open to all options.