Top Tips for Choosing a School for Your Child

 
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Choosing a school for your child is a huge milestone for your family, whether they’re just starting in primary or they’re moving up to secondary. With that said, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little anxious and overwhelmed about the decision, especially as there’s so much to think about. It’s crucial that you try not to pass any of your concerns over this big step onto your child and, instead, aim to fill them with excitement. I have teamed up with a preparatory school in Somerset to offer you some tips and guidance on choosing the right school so that the experience is a little less intimidating for you.

List Your Priorities
What are the key things you want for your child when it comes to their education? Write a list of your priorities, as this will help you narrow down your search. For instance, does your child have special education needs that you require support with? Does there need to be excellent sport facilities to cater to your child’s love of football? Maybe the most important thing to your family is that the school is within walking distance of your home, or on route to your office? Once you’ve figured out what it actually is you’re looking for, then you can start hunting.

Do Your Research
Before you start visiting schools, you should do some research online to cut your prospect list down even further. After all, you don’t want to waste your time! You should be able to learn quite a lot about each school simply by browsing their websites. They will provide information like previous inspection reports and past examination results. Plus, there are usually some photos so that you can get a rough idea of what condition the school’s facilities are in, but take this with a pinch of salt as they’re only going to showcase their best side on their website.

Visit Your Favourite Schools
Find out when the next open days are for each of your favourites and book yourself in. Take your child along, if possible, so that they can also share their opinion of the school. Observe how they interact with the teachers, fellow students and their surroundings in general. Use the visit as an opportunity to ask plenty of questions and learn as much as you can about what the day-to-day life at the school is like.

Your instincts will play a huge role in your decision, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You know your child better than anyone and you will therefore be able to make a pretty good guess as to whether or not they’re likely to be happy for the next several years. Don’t rush into anything, though, and don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and family for some advice.

Do you have any tips you would like to share?

5 comments:

  1. We chose our daughters school as we felt it fitted her better as seemed smaller and more intimate

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  2. Choosing a school is such a hard decision! So many different priorities for different people. My top tip would be don't just rely on Ofsted reports as they don't tell the full story of any school.

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  3. Excellent ! In the process of choosing one for my great neice

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  4. I am lucky to have a lovely school nearby which both of my children attend 😊

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  5. We only really had two choices living in a small village, I would definitely agree do your research if you can!

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