Independent School Open Days In Essex Autumn 2019
Choosing the right school for your child is important, so it's advisable to research them well. Now is the time to visit local independent schools on their open days and find out what the schools in Essex have to offer...
Deciding whether to send your child to a private school in Essex can be difficult. There is a plethora of private schools in the area, each offering something different. It's best to do your homework, gather information and visit the schools themselves to help you to make that all-important choice.
Look through our Exquisite education features on private primary schools in Essex, private secondary schools in Essex and boarding schools in Essex for more helpful insights.
Autumn is the time for open days at the local independent schools. Scroll down for details of when and where they take place.
Before you visit a school, consider these points to raise and reflect upon for independent school open days:
1. What is the school's 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.
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?
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.
4. What is the atmosphere like?
Get a feel for the place in the classroom, 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 subjects. You can really get a feel for a school just by testing the atmosphere.
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 its latest inspection visit, it can certainly raise a few thoughts.
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 school's success.
7. Does your child like it?
Ultimately, they need to have a tester day to 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.