Top Tips for Choosing a School for Your Child

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Choosing the right school for your child is a massive responsibility for parents, because schools are the building blocks of your child’s future. Children spend a huge part of their life in school, so it is incredibly important that you choose a school that fits in with your family.

Your top priority should be ensuring that your child receives the best possible education. In most cases, a local school is perfectly adequate; however children with specific needs may require a different environment to facilitate their learning process most effectively.

There many considerations when choosing a school, such as the proximity from your home, school facilities and inspection results. All of this can seem quite overwhelming for parents, so here is some helpful advice from an independent school for boys in Buckinghamshire…

Make a checklist

Start your school search by making a list of all of your requirements. This includes things that are important to your family, but above all, things that are important to your child. It is vital to listen to your child’s opinions and feelings about their new school; after all, they are the ones who will be spending most of their time there. A common requirement of secondary school children is likely to be staying with their existing friends. Try to include them in your decision making and arrange for them to visit potential schools with you. 

Do plenty of research

Once you have completed your checklist, you can then start to look at potential schools. You can find a list of your local schools online. You can also search for information such as school league tables and Ofsted reports online too. If you want to learn more about a specific school’s curriculum or values, you should be able to find this out from their own website. Here you will also be able to see if they offer any extra-curricular activities, such as sports or music clubs. Sometimes the best way to find out what a school is really like is by speaking with families who know the school well.

Visit schools

The best way to choose the right school is to compare it with others, so try to visit as many schools as possible in your local area. If possible, try and arrange a tour of the school on a typical school day, instead of an open day. This will give you a true insight into daily life at the school, as opposed to an event outside of normal school hours. When visiting prospective schools, it is important to consider how welcoming they feel, how well the children interact with the teachers and how safe and clean they are.

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