Selecting a school
A guide to the school application process
- Carry out research into possible schools
- If possible, visit schools at least a year before the proposed entry date
- Complete application form
- Register with school
- Pay deposit/application fee during the year before entry (or earlier)
- Prepare for entrance examinations/tests/interviews
- Sit entrance/scholarship examinations at agreed location
- If possible visit the school for interview during spring and summer term before entry
- Prepare for entry and complete all essential paperwork
- Purchase school uniform and items on clothing list during the summer term or holidays before entry
- Enter school
- Receive school induction at beginning of the autumn term
School visits – what to look for
- Do the children seem happy and purposefully engaged in activity?
- Are staff and children talking and working together?
- Are the children well mannered and courteous?
- How is discipline maintained?
- How, and with what frequency, does the school communicate with parents?
- How does the school monitor each child’s progress?
- What provision is made for children with learning difficulties?
- How many children are there in each class?
- What emphasis is placed on art, drama, music, sport?
- Are the facilities well maintained?
- Is there a high turnover of staff members?
- What is the balance between newly qualified and experienced staff, and the number of specialist teachers (especially in preparatory schools)?
- What pastoral care system is in place?
- What is the school’s policy on bullying and drugs?
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