Education Matters

Pro tip: How to choose the right school for your child

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jul 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM

How-to-choose-the-right-school-for-your-child_300x200px.jpgSelecting a school for your child is one of the most important parenting decisions you will make. There are many different approaches that parents can consider and the variety of choices can be overwhelming. There is no single ‘right’ answer nor are there any comprehensive benchmarking tools available for you to base your decision.

Our Enrolments team have helped hundreds of families make this vital and difficult decision. It is not a responsibility they take lightly.

Here are our top 5 ‘pro tips’ that can assist families in choosing the right school for their child:

1. How will your son be cared for?
It is important that parents understand the pastoral care network and structures that are in place at a school. Pastoral care is not a buzz phrase. Good pastoral care systems will ensure that no child falls through the cracks. Every child has the right to be known and to be provided with the opportunities to realise his unique potential in life. 

2. What is the school’s record of academic performance?
While education is more than just a test score, selecting a school that has a long and consistent record of high standards for academic performance will provide your child with the best opportunity to succeed. Every parent wants the best outcome for their child. At Trinity, our students consistently rank among the highest in the state (and in fact the world), despite not being an academic selective school.

3. Is there a broad course offering?
A wide range of academic programmes and co-curricular activities will improve the likelihood that a school is able to cater to the specific needs and interests of your At Trinity, we offer a range of academic pathways that include the HSC, the International Baccalaureate and a vocational programme. We also wholeheartedly believe that boys must be kept active with positive activities. That’s why we have boys participating in an enormous range of sports and co-curricular pursuits. Breadth of opportunity is vital for a school to be able to realise the unique potential of each individual child. Every child has one thing that will excel at … it’s our job to recognise these skills and talents and nurture them to their fullest potential.

4. How will the school’s location impact my family?
A school’s location and transport provisions can have an enormous impact on a family. While some families are willing to travel vast distances in order for their child to attend a particular school, location and accessibility do matter. Trinity students benefit from well-serviced transport links. The School has a dedicated bus service that travels throughout Sydney – Sutherland Shire, Strathfield and the Eastern suburbs to name a few. To see our comprehensive bus routes click here.

5. What are the class sizes?
Class size matters in that smaller classes provide teachers with the opportunity to focus their attention on the individual needs of students better. At Trinity, our average class size is 17.

In many cases, students and parents serve as a school’s greatest advocates. If you would like to get a true feel for a school make the time to talk about your concerns and your ambitions with other families, neighbours and friends.

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Topics: Boys' education, Education