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Selecting the right school
Choosing the right school for your child can be a difficult decision. These tips and questions may help you in your decision-making process.
Know what kind of school you want
- Is it important the school is single gender or co-educational?
- Is the size of the school important?
- Do you want a primary school, a secondary school, or a combined school?
- What are the school values? Is it important the school has a religious affiliation or educational philosophy?
- Is it important the school is close to where you live? Is transport available?
- What fee levels are you prepared to pay?
- Are there particular school subjects you consider essential?
- Do you want a school that provides support for students with specific learning, language or cultural needs?
Arrange to visit schools during school hours to see how they operate. Contact the school to arrange a campus tour or register for an open morning via the school's website. Questions to consider during your visit include:
- Is the school welcoming?
- Do the students seem happy?
- What wellbeing practices do they have in place?
- Are academics the main focus or do they take a holistic approach to education?
- Are the grounds well cared for?
- What facilities are there?
- How do students relate to staff?
- Do the staff relate well to each other?
Understand your child’s needs
Consider what type of learning environment best suits your child, including their personality, attributes and needs. It's not about the child being the right fit for the school - it is finding the right school for the child.