It can be a tricky process – you may have a different opinion on choice of schools in relation to your kid; you could be moving to a different area; or you might be taking a look at an independent, fee paying school for your child. Whatever the situation, help is available to make sure you find the ideal school where your child is happy.
So we’ve put together some general ideas that will help you not only find a college, but to find the appropriate school.
Moving area – locating a school in a place you’re unfamiliar with can be quite tricky, especially given the amount of assistance given by existing primary schools to receive their pupils into the ideal secondary school. The ideal place to start is by creating a listing of schools in the area you are going to, you can do a postcode search here. As soon as you have your list, contact them and see when they’re available for you to go and see. The entire process can then be broken down into an easy, enjoyable exercise for you and your little one.
Find an independent college – if you’re searching for an independent school for your kid then your choices will become much narrower. Beyond major cities and towns there are often just a small number of independent, fee paying schools to pick from and you might already know what these are. Independent schools will always have open days or evenings where you could call in and have a look around to see if it’s ideal for you. Since they are fewer in number, it’s likely you’ll want to use the school’s transport service to get your child to and from school daily, so check where this stops and picks up in connection with your dwelling.
A school in class 4 will occasionally be placed in what is called Special Measures, meaning it’s external assistance from the local authority to attempt and improve, and the senior management team could be replaced if they’re deemed to be ineffective. Whatever the situation, each schools’ OFSTED score is published online and can be seen at no cost, so go and have a look to learn more and use them to help you locate a school.
Locate 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 discover a college for them. They may favour a college where their friends go, or that has the best sports team, or is nearest your home, whereas those are the schools with the worst OFSTED evaluations, or the worst transportation links, which you (rather more sensibly!)
When there are, help is at hand from many different sources to be sure that you find a school that your child is happy at.