When thinking about a secondary school for your child, there are a number of options and points worth considering. We sat down with the Principal of Excel in Key Subjects, Mr. Idris Musty, to explore some of these.
- For teachers at the school, look at:
- Staff turnover, particularly the senior management of the school
- Try to find out how long the head teacher has been there and how long the previous head teacher was in post. This will tell you a lot about the school’s stability
- Also, have a look at some of the league tables on the BBC, Guardian and The Telegraph websites
- Does the school encourage the EBacc for GCSE students?
- Look at all aspects of the school, including extra-curricular activities
- Teaching and subjects offered
- Past exam success
- Art and drama
- You can find useful sources of information online
- Visiting the school on an open day is also important and can be insightful
- Smaller independent schools tend to be the most focused in terms of getting the best out of their pupils
- The Times and Sunday Times publish an annual review of the best private and state schools
- Similar guides to choosing a secondary school can be found in the weekend press
- Don’t focus solely on exam results! Extra curricular activities can help your child to thrive as a balanced and rounded individual
- Just because a school is independent, it doesn’t mean that the school will guarantee successful examination results
- If you are considering an independent secondary school, there are usually grants, bursaries and scholarships available
- Long term tax efficient investments can also help meet the costs of private education
All the best!
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