When the time comes for you to start looking for a school for your child, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. There’s a lot to consider and wrap your head around, as it’s ultimately a massive decision that will affect your whole family. I have teamed up with a prep school in the Southwest to offer parents some top tips on how to choose the right school for their child.
WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES
First of all, you should consider your priorities. Are you hoping to send your child to an independent or a public school? Would you like there to be boarding provisions? Would you like to be in walking distance of the school? Does you child have any special educational needs that have to be catered to? Once you know what it is you’re looking for, it should be easier to narrow down your search.
You can then do some research online. Most schools have a website containing useful information, like their previous inspection reports, their policies and procedures and their main aims and ethos. You should also be able to learn a little more about what their curriculum has to offer and whether or not they offer any suitable extra-curricular activities. Your online research should be able to help you rule out a few options and come up with a short-list of establishments you’d like to visit.
SCHOOL TOURS AND OPEN DAYS
Then you can get yourself booked in on an upcoming open event. During your visit, be sure to ask lots of questions to truly make the most of the experience. Observe your surroundings; is the school clean and safe? Do the students seem happy and well-adjusted? Is it a welcoming environment? You’ll probably know as soon as you walk through the door if its somewhere you’d feel comfortable sending your child every day.
INVOLVE YOUR CHILD
Try and involve your child in the process as much as possible. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, the chances are your child is feeling even worse, so getting them involved will allow them to feel more in control of the situation. If possible, take them along to the open event and ask them how they feel once you’ve left. Be there for them to ask you any questions and try and put their mind at rest as best you can.
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