Top Tips For Choosing A School For Your Child

(Sponsored Post) It can be quite daunting to find the right school for your child. It’s not just about your child’s academic growth, it’s also about how they will fit in with others in the school and their own personal development.

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This guide from this top girls school in Surrey will give you the top tips you need for when choosing schools.

Visit Schools

The easiest way to see how each school performs for yourself is by taking a visit to the schools you’ve chosen. If possible it’s recommended you visit these schools during a normal day, instead of at an open day although obviously this needs to be by appointment. That way you’re able to see how the school is run on a day full of children traversing around the school.

While you look around pay attention to the details, are the grounds well cared for, is their litter, do they have cameras in appropriate places or vape sensors? These subtle details can provide information about how the children behave and how the school manage discipline.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to ask the Headteacher specific questions that will impact your child’s learning prospects. How involved are teachers in students’ education? Do teachers know each child’s name? These kinds of questions will give you an overall understanding of how comfortable children feel in class.

View the Classrooms

Make sure you speak to specific teachers about how many children there usually are in a classroom. The lower the number the better it is for one-to-one learning; classes that surpass 30 students should cause alarm.

It can also be different if additional support is available for children in these circumstances. Are there teaching assistants that can help across the class? What kind of support do children get within the classroom? 

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While it’s not just about how well schools perform in terms of academics they are obviously important to consider at Secondary School level. Don't underestimate the impact of the support groups, teacher support and one-to-one mentoring that some schools can offer. Extra tuition for some students is really beneficial, especially in their GCSE and A Level years.

It also gives parents an idea of how much they should be supporting their children at home and what’s expected of them.

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