Chances are it feels like just the other day that your 10/11 year old child started in reception. A blink of an eye and a few years later and they are now getting ready to progress from primary to secondary school. Time really does fly.
Now, you are making essential decisions about what secondary school they should attend.
Where will they thrive? What sort of environment will suit them? How does the school celebrate achievements and how do they enforce sanctions? How will they adjust from a cosy primary school environment to a busier secondary school one? As they’ll start commuting to and from school independently, how good are the transport links to your home?
In addition to visiting school websites and reading their prospectuses, one of the most important things to do when exploring secondary schools is to visit them during open events. As the deadline to applying for secondary schools via your local authority is 31 October, these events take place in September and October and below are the dates for Skinners’ Academy.
UPCOMING YEAR 6 OPEN EVENTS
Wednesday 19 September – 4.30 – 6.30pm
(Principal’s presentations begin at 4.45pm and 5.45pm)
Wednesday 10 October, 5.00 – 7.00pm
(Principal’s presentations begin at 5.15pm and 6.15pm)
Thursday 11 October – 9.00 – 10.00am
(Principal’s presentation begins at 9.35am)
We would love to see you and be happy to answer any questions you may have about the many opportunities for your child here at Skinners’ Academy.
If you’d like some guidance about choosing a secondary school, please see some information below from Hackney Learning Trust:
We recommend that you visit secondary schools to get an idea of their strengths and character. Here are some questions you may wish to ask yourself and the staff at the schools.
- General atmosphere
Is the school welcoming? Does it give you the impression that the pupils and staff are hard working? Are there examples of pupils’ work on show?
- Academic success
What subjects does the school teach? How many pupils are entered for public exams? Are they encouraged to do well and do they get good grades? How does the school recognise and celebrate the achievements of all pupils, regardless of their abilities?
What is the school’s policy on behaviour? Do pupils behave well? What action does the school take if a child behaves badly? Does the school tell parents straight away if their child behaves badly?
- Extra-curricular activities and study support
Are there plenty of activities at lunchtime and after school? For example, do they have homework, creative arts and sports clubs? What does the school do for study support?
- Involving parents
Successful schools encourage and expect you to be fully involved in your child’s education. How does the school do this? Is there an active parent/ teacher group or association?
- Support for educational and learning needs
How well does the school cater for children with additional educational and learning needs?
Other tips on choosing the right school for your child
- Talk to your child – involve them as much as you can.
- Think about what is right for your child – don’t rely on what others tell you or what you read on parenting websites.
- Check the school website.
- Think about the journey – how easy will it be to get to the school? Some schools may be further away but are easier to get to.
- Check the admission criteria and cut-off distance in our secondary school admissions guide.
- Use all six preferences – make sure you include at least one local school. Don’t choose only one school – your application will not be treated more favourably and you could lose out on another school you like.