Choosing the right school for your son can be a daunting experience. With many different schools to choose from, it is important that you are aware of what to look for to ensure that you find the best solution for your son and your family.
Here are the top 5 questions to ensure you choose the right school for your son:
1. Does the school cater for your son’s interests and needs?
If your son has a specific interest, it is important that this can be supported and developed at school. If your son experiences difficulties with learning, then ask how the school supports students with additional needs.
2. Does the school work in with your family circumstances?
Identify the location and campus organisation of the school and ensure that it works for your son and your family. How far are you happy for your son to travel to school each day? Is the school close to your home or your work or are there transport options available for your son to utilise to get to and from school each day? Does your family have a connection to the school? If your older children are already attending school, will your child benefit from going to the same school as their siblings?
3. What is the school philosophy and do you connect with this?
Do you identify with and respect the school’s ethos and values? It is important that you agree with the values that the school instils in your child and that you understand and agree with the school’s teaching approach. Ask about the pastoral care programme at the school and how they deal with issues that students might encounter during their time at school, such as bullying.
4. Does the school specialise in any areas or programs?
Ascertain what the school specialises in and what educational programmes are offered. If your son has an interest in the Arts, ensure that the school offers a strong Arts programme. If your son is interested in learning a language, confirm that this option is available. Also ensure that the school offers co-curricular options that are suitable for your son and his interests.
5. Does the school encourage parent involvement and do they have groups or associations that you can join?
If you value being involved in the school community, enquire about how the school engages parents. The school community is an important part of your son’s time at school, for both himself and your family. Ensure that the school encourages and promotes a sense of community.
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