As a parent, you want to ensure that your child gets the best possible education. One of the most crucial decisions you will make is finding a suitable secondary school for your child. However, this can be an incredibly daunting task. With factors such as exam results, location and the school’s reputation, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. To help you navigate the pressures of finding a suitable secondary school place for your child, we’ve outlined some essential tips below:
1. Start the process early:
The earlier you start planning for secondary school, the less stressed you will feel. We recommend starting the process as early as two years before your child is set to start secondary school. Don’t panic if this isn’t the case for you, the tips below will still help you through the process.
2. Consider the school’s performance and results:
It’s important to consider the school’s academic results when making your decision. This will help you understand the school’s performance in terms of exam results, and how well it prepares its students for further education.
3. Visit the school:
Before making your final decision, it’s important to visit the schools you’re interested in. This will give you a chance to meet with the teachers and students and get a feel for the school’s atmosphere.
4. Consider the school’s location:
When choosing a secondary school for your child, it’s important to consider its location. Think about the distance, transportation options and how easy it is for your child to get to and from school.
5. Look at the school’s Ofsted report:
The Ofsted report is a great resource for understanding how well a school is performing. It will provide you with valuable insights into the school’s curriculum, teaching standards, student performance and much more.
6. Consider additional support:
If your child requires additional support, or has particular educational needs, you may need to consider a school that provides additional services to ensure your child receives the support they need.
7. Speak to other parents:
Other parents who have gone through the process of finding a secondary school for their child can be a valuable source of information. Speak to other parents in your area, read online reviews and forums, and gather as much information as you can.
8. Consult with you child:
All of the above are important, but the your child needs to feel comfortable, happy and secure in their new school environment.
If your planning in advance and you’ve whittled your options down, take your child along to open days. This is a great way to engage your child in the process and ask them for their feedback. Addressing any fears or concerns early can help them really prepare for their transition in secondary school.
In conclusion, finding a suitable secondary school place for your child is an incredibly important decision. By starting early, visiting the school, researching the performance, location, additional support and speaking to other parents, you will be better equipped to make an informed decision. Remember, it’s essential to take the time to research and make the right choice for your child’s educational future.
We have added links below for Enfield’s admissions to secondary schools 2024 and a list of this year’s open evenings.