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How to Choose a Secondary School for Your Child

Mar 20, 2019 by

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If you have a child in Year 5 or 6, you’re probably overwhelmed that it’s time to start thinking about secondary schools. It probably feels like just yesterday you were taking them to their first day at primary school, but unfortunately we can’t stop the clock. Choosing a school is a huge responsibility for parents and planning is essential. Here are some tips to help you with your decision regarding secondary schools, provided by Mount House School.

Think About What’s Important to You

What exactly is it that you and your child want from the school? For example, does the school have to be in walking distance, or is there a bus route? Is your child keen to join some extracurricular clubs and does the school offer plenty of choice? Will any of your child’s friends be attending the school? Once you and the rest of your family have a clear understanding of what’s important to you, you can start your search. Be sure to involve your child in the process, as they will be the one who has to spend all day there.

Do Some Research

Start by making a list of all of the schools you might be interested in. You can get an idea of the schools by browsing their websites, which tend to showcase the curriculum, the facilities and the school’s aims and values. The school’s Ofsted report might also be of interest to you. However, be sure to check the date of the reports because if it’s a year old, or even older, it might not be a true reflection of the school now. What’s more, the reports don’t always 100% reflect the school’s achievements.

Visit the Schools

It’s worth paying each of them a visit, so find out which dates they’re holding an open day event and mark them in your calendar. Every school has strengths and weaknesses so after you’ve visited each of your options you’ll be able to compare what you like and don’t like about them. Whilst visiting the school, consider the following:

  • Does the school feel safe and welcoming?
  • Are the facilities clean and modern?
  • Where will your child spend their lunch breaks?
  • Are the staff friendly and do they interact well with your child?
  • How many students are in each class?
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