7 things you should do before choosing a school for your child
Choosing a school for your child can be one of the hardest decisions you ever face. Having attended the Tatler magazine school guide, i've taken some of the top advice by the best headteachers in the country about how to choose the right school for your child. I
1. Choose a school for them...not for you. Sure, the school you attended 20 years ago might have been fabulous for you but that doesn't mean it's right for your baby. Likewise, just because you have long serving dreams of being a professionals sportsperson, it doesn't mean that that really sporty school is going to be perfect for your little one. Think abut your childs personality when considering a schoo. After all, they are the one who will be attending it, not you.
2. Ask about the School Motto. A school moto can reveal a lot about a school. It could inspire kindness or it could be aimed more at achievement. IF you don't like the school Moto then chances are you won't like the school
3. Don't be dazzled by the 'achievement' board. The best school look after the stragglers as well as the high-flyers.
4. Don't coach your kids for admission interviews. Let them be themselves so the school can see who they really are. Putting on an oscar winning performance will only mislead the school and could end up in your child going to a place where they won't be happy.
5. Don't always think the big name schools are the best...for your child. Its easy to be wooed by the schools who have been around for centuries and who have a certain reputation. Sure the big name schools can be fabulous, but remember that it doesn't necessarily mean they will be fabulous for your child
6. When you visit a school make the head squirm. Ask them as many diffuciut questions as possible. Ask when he last child was expelled or if the school has a problem with underage drinking of drugs
7. Find out what this school is doing that no other school is. Schools should be able to impress you with something unique that they do that makes them different from anywhere else. We actually listed Westonbirt School recently and I loved the fact they they have 'Forest School' for the younger children, meaning once a week the kids have all of their lessons outside in the forest. It's little things like this that make a school really stand out.
How did you chose the right school for your child? Let me know in the comments below.