Selecting the right school for your child is a difficult milestone, as there are various different elements to think about. The location is one of the main considerations, in addition to things like whether it is a single-sex or co-educational school, past exam results, league tables and what extra-curricular clubs and facilities are on offer. Read on for some guidance from a private school in London.
Start by sitting down as a family and exploring your priorities when it comes to schooling. Do you have certain requirements that you’ll need to bear in mind when doing your research? For instance, does the school need to be on route to your work or on a bus route? Alternatively, does it need to be within walking distance? Does your child have any special educational needs or a language barrier that you need to consider? When you have an understanding of what it is you’re looking for, you’ll be able to narrow down your search a little easier.
Once you have a list of priorities, you can begin your online research. Most schools will have a decent enough website that will give you an idea of their ethos, the previous test results and there will likely be some photos so you can get a rough idea of what the facilities are like. If you require more information, there should be some contact details on the website so that you can get in touch with the educators at the school and ask your questions. You should then be able to gather up a short list of schools that you’d like to visit so you can get an even better idea of whether or not they are a good fit for your child.
When attending open days, try and take your child along so that you can observe how they engage with the teachers, other students and their general surroundings. If they look completely uncomfortable then it’s probably not the right fit for them. However, do bear in mind that they’ll naturally feel a little anxious, regardless of how nice the school is. Talk to them after your visit to find out what they thought and be considerate of their opinions. Be sure to ask plenty of questions and try to assess the cleanliness and safety of the facilities. You should naturally be able to determine whether or not the school is warm and welcoming as soon as you step foot inside.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post