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How to find a secondary school – 4 golden nuggets

07-29-2016 01:04 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: EdProcure

Many primary schools in the UK act as feeder schools for secondary schools and so making the choice as to which school to go to is straightforward. However, what if you want your child to go to an independent school, what if the recommended secondary school is in a location inconvenient to you, or what if you are moving to a new area and need to look at schools in that area? The process is not as tough as you may fear – finding the right secondary school for your child is pretty straightforward, if you follow the advice set out below.

1. Do your research – the first place to go to find a school is to make a shortlist of available ones. If you are looking at independent schools or schools in a different district, put a list together of the schools which are available and start your research from there.
2. Check the OFSTED reports – all secondary schools will have been visited by OFSTED in the last 4 years and been graded as to how well they did. OFSTED reports can be found online on their own website, whilst various comparison websites provide links to them making search easy. The report will give you a good indication as to the quality of the school and its teaching, making your quest to find a secondary school nice and easy!
3. Go and visit the schools – if you are moving to a new area, you may want to take a day out to go and visit as many schools as you can in the local area to find out what they are like and what their admission criteria is. Physical visits can make the process of finding a secondary school so much easier as you can get a feel for whether it is the right place to send your child. Going on a school day is also advised so you can see the school in its full operation. If you are considering sending your child to an independent school, then you will be able to visit these schools on pre-arranged open days and open evenings, often held on a weekend. These can give you a great insight into the school as you will be shown all the facilities it has to offer.
4. Speak to your children – it is your child who will spend the next 5 or more years at the school you choice so make sure you find a secondary school they are comfortable with. Nobody wants to be forced to go somewhere they don’t want to and at age 11+ they should be mature enough to assist in decision making. So talk to your children and their siblings if appropriate and take their opinions seriously – they will always come up with factors you haven’t considered.

When the time comes to find a secondary school for your child or children, help is on hand from a variety of sources. Don’t forget to listen to your children, take in their point of view, and go to some open days/evenings. You will learn a lot about the local schools and feel comfortable you have made the correct choice for them.

LocalSecondarySchools.com is the largest database of secondary schools in the UK. Contact data, directions, OFSTED reports and parent reviews are all available for all secondary schools making it easy to find a secondary school.

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