Choosing A Primary School

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A monumental step for your child and a huge decision for you as a parent, but there’s no need to panic. All schools will hold open days from September onwards, so this is your chance to have a good nose around, and ask as many questions as you can. This is very important as the school may very well be the best in the area, but is it the right one for you child?

As you walk through the school, take note of how the classes are being conducted, do the children look happy and engaged (that goes equally for the teachers), is it fairly tidy and well presented, does it look like a vibrant and exciting place for your child?

Here are a few questions to set you up that will certainly help you with making an informed decision, and remember, it is YOUR decision. As difficult as it can be, try not to be influenced by other opinions.

  • What is the catchment area?
  • What is the child / teacher ratio?
  • Where can I find your Ofsted reports?
  • If it is an Academy, do they follow the curriculum, and are their teachers qualified?
  • Does the school provide lunch, is it cooked on site, and is the menu available to take a look at?
  • Are there any morning or after school clubs?
  • What is the policy on bullying, and how is it dealt with?
  • How long have the staff been there?
  • Is there an open door policy?
  • Do you as a teacher, assistant enjoy working here?
  • Is there interaction with older children?
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