There comes a point when every parent goes through the process to discover a school for their child. It can be a difficult process – you may have a different opinion on choice of schools than your kid; you may be moving to a new area; or you may be looking at an independent, fee paying school for your child. Whatever the situation, help is on hand to ensure you find the right school where your child is happy.
So we have put together some general ideas to help you not only find a school, but to find the right school.
Moving area – locating a school in a place you are unfamiliar with can be quite tricky, especially given the amount of assistance given by existing primary schools to get their pupils into the right secondary school. The best place to begin is by creating a shortlist of schools in the area you are going to, you can do a postcode search here. Once you have your list, contact them and find out when they are available for you to go and visit. The whole process can then be broken down into a simple, enjoyable exercise for you and your child.
Find an independent school – if you’re looking for an independent school for your kid then your choices will become much narrower. Outside of major towns and cities there are often just a handful of independent, fee paying schools to pick from and you might already know what these are. Independent schools will always have open days or open evenings where you can call in and take a look around to see if it’s right for you. Since they are fewer in number, it is likely you’ll want to use the school’s transport service to get your child to and from school each day, so check where this stops and picks up in connection with your home.
A school in category 4 will occasionally be put in what is known as Special Measures, meaning it has external assistance from the local authority to attempt to improve, and the senior management team can be replaced if they are deemed to be ineffective. Whatever the situation, every schools’ OFSTED rating is published online and can be seen for free, so go and take a look to learn more and use them to help you find a school.
Find a college your child is in disagreement with – quite often you’ll have a differing opinion than your kid’s. This will most likely be the case when you come to find a school for them. They may favour a school where their friends go, or that has the best sports team, or is nearest your home, whereas these may be the schools with the worst OFSTED ratings, or the worst transport links, which you (rather more sensibly!)
Finding a school is often a very simple process but for a few there are a few more hurdles to overcome. When there are, help is at hand from many different sources to make sure you find a school that your child is happy at.