Choosing School

Ian Metherell: No Choice

Ian Metherell was born in 1948 in Hounslow. Ian spent almost his entire school life in residential special schools, first in Henley, then in Kent and finally in Lancashire.

Here Ian talks about his family having no choice over where he went to school.

  • Ian Metherell
  • Ian Metherell


I had to go to boarding school, whether they (parents) wanted it or not. And also, I had no say – I had no say in what was going to happen. Parents do not have a choice. Their rights are dictated by professionals.

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