Mr Taylor, Headmaster, talks to Living North Magazine about what parents and pupils should consider before choosing a school.

Parents should if possible look at the school’s website.  This should give you a flavour of the school and provide access to inspection reports.  However, it will only be by visiting the school that parents and children will gain a true insight into the education provided and help you decide if it is right for your child.

An open morning is always a good introduction but be mindful that everyone is, or at least should be, on their best behaviour!  I feel it is important to also visit the school during a normal working day to get a real sense of a ‘typical’ day.

When visiting a school look beyond the facilities, the real work of a school goes far beyond the bricks and mortar.  Ask yourself:

  • Do the children look happy and engaged in class?
  • Is there a sense of order and discipline?
  • How are children and their teachers interacting with each other?
  • Is there a sense of a learning journey being undertaken together or is it one of conflict?
  • Will my child be happy here?
  • Will the staff be working with my child to enable them to reach their full potential?

The answers to these questions will tell you if it is the right school.

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