Top Tips For School Open Days
All you need to know about visiting schools on their open days.
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from the amazing independent schools of Essex. But how do parents choose which school to send their children to? With many fantastic schools around Essex hosting open days
this coming term, it is easy to understand why people often find picking a particular a setting for their child incredibly difficult. Independent schools in Essex are fantastic, unique in their offering and incredibly popular but it's important to choose the best school that best suits your child. We have outlined some top tips on what to think about when looking around your potential schools. Hopefully, it will help in your decision making! Tip 1. What is the schools general ethos and philosophy and does it suit your family?
How the school is run day to day will focus on a particular educational philosophy. Do you agree with it? Nearly every school encompasses a mixture of academic weight, social and emotional development, a focus on sport, religion, science and music, etc. But each will emphasise one more than the next - this is where your beliefs and interests need to match those of the school. If your child is particularly academic then this may be your focus, do you want your child's happiness to override everything? Look for a particularly socially conscious school. Tip 2. Whilst you walk around the school, do the children look happy?
A big indicator of how a school is run is to look at the children already involved. Whilst attending open days, do the children appear content and at ease with their teachers? Tip 3. Does the school celebrate all sorts of achievements and not just those that are academic?
If your child is especially sporty or loves to compete in something less mainstream, you want to make sure their achievements will be acknowledged amongst their peers. Tip 4. What is the atmosphere like?
In the class room, walking between lessons and amongst the staff. Does the school show off the pupils' work and what is the quality of what's on display? Does the work cover a wide range of subjects or just writing and mathematics? This will potentially tell you if the school values the wider curriculum or just focuses on getting good results in core subjec. You can very much get a feel for a school just by testing the atmosphere. Tip 5. If the school belongs to the Independent Schools Council (ISC) then what was the verdict within the latest Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) visit?
Whilst you should never judge a school entirely on it's latest inspection visit, it can certainly raise a few thoughts. Tip 6. Talk to the Headteacher
Find out what they stand for and where their interest lies. - this can be a good indicator of the direction the school is likely to take. What are his or her core values? Does he or she really care about the pupils? A good Headteacher is vital for a schools success. Tip 7. Does your child like it?
Ultimately, they need to have a tester day and see if they feel comfortable in the particular setting you've chosen. Does the open day welcome children? It's a great opportunity for children to become excited about their future school life.
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