Archives July 2016


  • Visiting a Prep school: Ask the questions! (Part 2)

    July 25, 2016.

    Part 2: Special Educational Needs when selecting a school

    When it comes to Special Educational Needs (SEN), the more thorough the research the better.  Rather than just asking one person – usually the Head - about provision for children with specific needs, ask a variety of staff in different roles.  They should not be surprised as a good school will have teachers who are all aware of individual learning needs and who aim to accommodate these needs as much as possible in every one of their lessons.  By asking a handful of detailed questions to a cross-section of staff, and even students ...

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  • Visiting a Prep school: Ask the questions! (Part 1)

    July 9, 2016.

    Visiting a Prep school: Ask the questions! (Part 1)

    Part 1: First impressions, Pressure and Progress 

    Certainly, do not rely on league tables and articles in the press for a true view of how a school is performing or how your child will fit in, either academically or socially.  Go beyond the headlines, visit the school and be sure to ask as many questions as possible.

    Firstly, look out for how enthusiastic a school is about teaching and developing a child both on the academic and pastoral side.  There will be signs everywhere, from the meeting with the Head and the teachers doing the guided tour, to the children ...

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