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How to choose the right school for your child

Posted: 17th December 2019 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

The most important factor when choosing a school is to make sure that you are matching the school to the needs of your child, rather than the other way round. First and foremost your child needs to be happy, nurtured and challenged - all future success flows from this. Good results are a by-product of an excellent all-round education and time and again we see children thrive when their wider talents are spotted and encouraged, and where the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of school life is promoted. 

Choose a school that values sport, the performing arts and creative arts equally and gives all children the chance to develop in these areas. Academic results are vitally important but delve under the surface of published ‘results’ - choose a school that values and promotes academic progress for all, whatever the children’s starting points. These schools are likely to have the best classroom practice and engage children effectively in their learning.

Look for a school that has high expectations but doesn’t place young children under too much pressure. A school should listen to your children, keep them safe and allow them space to get bored and be creative. Citizens of the 21st Century need a broad range of skills and habits including collaboration, problem solving and digital literacy. What does the school do to develop these qualities?

Finally, look for a school that will show what life is like on a normal school day and watch the children at work and in the playground. If you meet happy, engaged children and open, welcoming teachers then  you are probably on the right path!

If you think Skippers Hill might be the school for your child, come along to our next Open Morning.

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