As Spring marches towards us, in the world of education this leads to Open Days, when schools all over the country open their doors for prospective parents to get a feel of the schools they are considering for their children. 

Why? 

Open Mornings are a great way of gaining an understanding of what a particular school offers. Many schools have excellent reputations but when choosing a school for your child is that enough?A good reputation is one thing however does the school’s ethos match that of your family? 

What? 

You will know what is important to you and is` therefore high on your list: sporty, academic, a holistic approach… the list can be endless and so it should be. Your child’s education is of paramount importance and whether you are looking for state or independent, it is important that you choose a school based on what you believe will be a good fit for not just your child, but also your family’s situation. 

Where? 

Most schools advertise Open Days via their own websites and social media. Some helpful websites such as …… will provide a list of schools in your local area and when you can visit. Publications like Good Schools Guide and Which School? are helpful but it is worth remembering that schools pay to advertise in these magazines and websites and will not give a complete cross section of all the schools you may be looking for.

What next? 

Once you have been to an Open Morning you will know whether you would like to explore that school further. Book an appointment to see the school during a working day when you will have the opportunity to see students in their classes, teachers in action and chat to the Head. Don’t be afraid of booking a follow up appointment to discuss the your child’s education further. 

Admissions

Most schools have a similar admissions process, details of which should be available on their websites. If you are unsure of anything, do contact the schools, via their websites to ask any further admissions questions. 

Questions? 

When choosing a school for your child, no question is too trivial. If all works out, your child will be a member of the school you choose for years to come so take your time in compiling a list of any questions you may have. Write them down and take a list of questions when meeting the Head. 

Guidance

Navigating the process of choosing a school can be a daunting process. There are people who can help you. School consultants will not only have good relationships with and knowledge of the schools you are considering for your child, but will also be able to help with the admissions process and help ease the transition to the school you ultimately end up choosing.