“We were amazed at how quickly our son settled in. He was no longer anxious and unhappy. His enthusiasm for learning returned. He was enjoying school for the first time in years.”
‘At the end of year 9, after 3 years of battling and getting nowhere with mainstream school, we decided to home educate our son. In a panic about how to educate him we got some (fairly old) books out of the library and in the back of one of them was a small paragraph explaining a new option which was an online school called InterHigh. A quick search on the internet and we found the school website, favourable feedback on mumsnet and some articles from the newspapers. It was exactly what we were looking for: a structured approach leading to GCSE qualifications, taught by real teachers, with feedback and interaction, but without all the issues of being in a classroom with 30 hormonal teenagers who were not interested in achieving anything.
Our son started Year 10 in September 2013 and we were amazed at how quickly he settled in. He was no longer anxious and unhappy. His enthusiasm for learning returned. The quality of his work improved. He was enjoying school for the first time in years. As parents we were no longer stressed by battling an unhelpful school so the change to InterHigh was positive for all the family, not just our son.
InterHigh suits our son because the lessons are really focussed, without the teacher having to spend time dealing with inappropriate behaviour. Homework is set online so there is never any confusion. Lessons slides are always available so you can go over anything you didn’t quite get first time round. Teachers and staff are really helpful and respond to email and phone calls so if any issues arise they get sorted really quickly (This was really difficult to get used to after years battling mainstream). Work gets marked really quickly and useful feedback is provided (again this was difficult to get used to after mainstream).
When we attended our first InterHigh weekend our son met up with his school friends and had a fantastic time, which proved to us that the problems he had with mainstream were due to the setting not due to his autism. We are just back from our second InterHigh weekend which was equally successful and our sons first comment after the weekend was to ask to go again next year.
We are now nearly at the end of year 11, with exams looming, and we know that the best decision we have ever made in relation to our son’s education was moving to InterHigh.