Choosing a school for your child can seem like a momentous decision, and one you don’t want to get wrong. Sometimes it doesn’t help that there are so many choices out there but having a plan in place for how to decide on the right school will help reduce some of the overwhelm. Read on for some tips from a junior school in Kent on how to choose the right school for your child.
Research the available options
Learn what each type of school offers and what the differences are and think about what would best suit your child. Take a look at the schools’ websites and any available literature on things like test scores and Ofsted reports. Make sure you read them carefully and don’t make a snap decision on first glance. It can help to make a list of what you think is important for a school to have, perhaps separating the list into must-haves, nice-to-haves and don’t-wants. That way you can compare each school to your list as you go through their websites. This will help narrow things down and make it feel less daunting.
Visit the schools
Once you’ve got your narrowed-down list, arrange to visit each school to get a feel for the atmosphere and learning environment. Make sure you get the opportunity to speak to either the headteacher or another member of staff so you can ask questions. As you go round the school try and picture your child there and whether they’d be happy in that environment. Take your list with you so you can make sure the school has all your must-haves and none of your don’t-wants.
Word of mouth
When it comes to choosing a school for your child, the views of other parents will be really helpful in gaining insider insight into the quality of the school and how it operates. You could use social media to post on local community groups or look for parents’ forums online. Just be prepared to get lots of different viewpoints. This will still be helpful though as you’ll learn through reading all these different perspectives what’s really important to you and what doesn’t matter so much after all.
Choosing a school for your child can be a big moment for both of you, but it will help to do some thorough research before you make your decision.