Here are 10 questions you may ask our Admissions team.
Q1: What curriculum does your school use?
A school’s curriculum is one of the most influential factors on a child’s learning and development. Find out how the curriculum supports and challenges students of varying abilities and educational backgrounds. Ask why the school chose the curriculum they did and find out how your child’s learning style will be supported within the curriculum.
Q2: How many students are in each class?
This is an important question that will help you to gauge how much individual attention your child will receive from their teachers. While working together with peers is an important part of learning, too many students in a classroom and your child’s individual needs could be lost in the crowd.
Q3: How will my child’s progress be measured?
It is important to know how a school tracks student progress and communicates this progress with parents. What opportunities will you have to speak to teachers formally and informally? Also ask how the school helps students develop socially and emotionally.
Q4: How do you prepare students for the future?
The world is changing, and many of the jobs today’s children will hold will be very different from those of their parents. Ask how the school prepares students for the globally-connected future. Does the school use technology in the classroom? Does the school help students develop communication and social skills? Does the school have any links to external institutions that furthers students learning?
Q5: How do you bring learning into the real world?
Whilst the learning that occurs in the classroom is important. hands on activities that bring learning into the real world are incredibly benefical. Through these activities, students learn to apply their knowledge to real-life situations, helping children improve their understanding and gain a global perspective.
Q6: How do you celebrate student success?
It is important that children receive recognition for their achievements in school and extracurricular activities. Whether through an awards ceremony, consistent feedback on homework and projects, or even a simple note from a teacher, recognition of students’ efforts can boost confidence and motivation.
Q7: What extracurricular activities do you offer?
Whilst the academic experience a student receives at school is vital, the extracurricular options available are also an important factor to explore when choosing a school. Does the school offer a wide range of activities, in sports, music and other areas? Are there varied options to allow students to explore and find their passions?
Q8: What would a typical day be like in school?
This is to explore how your child would fit into the school. When does the day begin? Do they have an extensive Bus Network? What food is provided? Which subjects are taught by specialist teachers ie music or PE in Primary?
Q9: How does your school welcome new families?
Your new school is going to be your family’s new community. As such, it is important to explore how the school works with new families to help them settle in. Does the school offer support for families moving to the area? Are there special events for new students and parents? Can they connect you with current parents?
Q10: What’s the application process?
Talk to our Admissions team to learn more about our application process.