Choosing the right school for your child is a deeply personal decision. Many parents will have specific ideas of the sort of school they would like their child to attend, one which reflects their own values and offers the best environment to support their child’s individual needs.
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To help you with the task of deciding on the best fit for your child, an independent school in Surrey has shared their top tips.
How to make sure you’re choosing the right school
Choose a focus
Every school will offer core subjects such as English, maths and science, yet some may offer extra specialisms throughout their syllabus. You will want to find a school that supports both yours and your child’s goals and ambitions. If you have high hopes for your child learning a second language, look for a school that focuses on foreign language acquisition within their curriculum. If your child is particularly sporty, or musical and wishes to refine their skill, you should find the best school to support them with this goal.
Attend Open Days
Once you have narrowed down your choices you should visit the remaining schools you are deciding between. A school may seem like the perfect match in a beautifully presented webpage or prospectus, though you won’t know if it is the real deal until you go and see for yourself. You will be able to get a feel for each school and have an opportunity to talk to staff and ask any questions you may have. Visiting potential schools is the best way to draw useful comparisons between contenders, allowing you to make the most informed choice.
Look at league tables
The potential for academic achievement is likely to be your primary concern when selecting a school for your child. League tables indicate how well students at each school are performing academically and offer a useful guide when choosing a school. However, it is important not to let league tables alone make your final decision as this data doesn’t necessarily paint the whole picture. You should focus too on how well children improve academically whilst attending the school and what systems are in place to manage and encourage progression.
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