Choosing a school for your child: Things to consider
Making your choice
Before choosing any school, it's wise to visit it and others in the surrounding area to make an informed choice. The head teacher will arrange a mutually convenient time for you to be shown round.
Schools will also have a prospectus and often a website which contain a wealth of useful information.
Things to think about:
- location How far is the school from your home, and what's the availability of transport. Remember that distance can be a factor if your child is likely to want to do extra-curricular, after school activities.
- siblings It may be important to you or the children that all brothers/sisters attend the same school so ensure the school has the capacity to take all of your children if moving
- welcome Is the school a happy and welcoming establishment? If so, the relationship between home and school may also be a positive one.
- physical environment What state are the school buildings in, and the efforts made to make the environment attractive?
- reputation If a school enjoys a good reputation, what are the objective indicators? Rumours about a school being good or bad should be treated with caution
- external exam results are readily available on request. They are useful but by no means the only indicators.
- extra-curricular activities What's on offer?
- breakfast club Will this enable your family to have a clamer, more ordered start to their day?
- leadership Does the school enjoy strong leadership? Do you feel that leaders are approachable and personable? Would feel happy to talk to them about your child's needs, learning etc?
- class size Do you feel your child will get the attention they need?
- subjects Every school will provide common grounding in key subjects set by the National Curriculum.
- disciplinary/ reward ethos The way children are treated is crucial. Is the school a civilised place where discipline is firm but fair? What is the school's behaviour and discipline policy, including sanctions?
- pastoral care Every pupil should have one or more particular teacher who knows them well, can indicate strengths and weaknesses and encourage the youngster to give of their best. What system for this pastoral care does the school have?
- standards and expectations How does the school discover the particular talents of a child and encourage them to aim for the best and capitalise on their strengths?
- academic aims Does your child need a challenging and competitive academic environment - and if so, will this school provide it?
If you would like to arrange to look around our school, please contact me, Mrs Griffiths, Headteacher, on 01952 388255.
I am more than happy to spend as much time as you need to enable you to make a fully informed decision about your child's future.