Choosing the right primary school for your kids can turn out to be the trickiest thing of all, and yet it is important to go for the right school if you intend to give the children a good foundation. A good basic foundation will mean that they get to attend the best colleges and do courses that will give them promising futures. In this article, we are going to jog through you through the process of determining if the primary school is right for your children. We will then review the All Saints’ Junior School, your gateway to some of the best colleges in the future.
Will my child be happy here?
As you walk through the gates of the school, this is the first question that should cross your mind. Every school has a different feel, and if that feeling is an uncomfortable one, be on your guard. Look for a school that has a spark or flair to indicate a stimulating environment, not everything screaming “maths and literacy test results”. Go for something that indicates children’s work. Some schools might have an art studio, an area of forestry in the playground, or a performance stage in the hall, all exceptional assets. Just check to make sure that they get plenty of use and aren’t mothballed while the school concentrates on maths and literacy.
Your guided tour
Arrange a surprise tour of the school since scheduling a tour would give the office staff and other people time to prepare. Also, plan some of the questions that you’ll have for the headteacher, although don’t make them to many as she might think that you’re the rebellious type of parent. Make sure that you’re taken through the whole school and not just where your child will be studying. Look out for things like untidy cloakrooms, badly stacked libraries and arcane computers in the ICT suite; insufficient playground equipment or space. You need to see it all.
School tours are never times with class breaks, and the moment that you enter the school, you should get a feel of what is going on. Are there students loitering around aimlessly while they should be in class, or are they running errands? Running errands brings about a sense of responsibility as compared to the former. It tells a less impressive story and could mean a slapdash approach to discipline. Most lobbies will contain a safeguarding policy and staff photographs, but if there are pictures of children as well, so much the better. Nothing makes a better role model for your reception child than other children.
They should greet you as if you are a potential buyer for their £2m yacht. Nothing less. He or she is the face of the school, and everybody involved with it looks to them for inspiration. The best headteachers are like submarine captains, cool-headed, astute decision-makers who trust their colleagues and surroundings to indicate where their ship is headed. But don’t be afraid to casually inquire as to how many disciplinary issues they’ve had in the past few weeks, and watch for their reaction.
These days cramped classrooms are all too common, with class sizes creeping up. Ask if you could quietly venture into your child’s prospective classroom for a couple of minutes during a lesson. Some teachers festoon every spare inch of wall with vocabulary choices or maths techniques to use, which look great at first, but to some children might appear quite daunting. You’ll probably see unfamiliar acronyms such as Walt (We Are Learning To). Be sure to ask what they stand for and how they are used in practice. Displays should be kept up to date, so if there’s one on a certain topic, check that it’s at least a recent, if not a current, one.
Chances are that the staff will most likely be on their best behaviour during your visit, although they might not even notice you because they’ll be busy. All the same, try and gauge their stress levels. An indicator of a healthy working relationship between school staff is one where everyone makes a point of just saying a friendly hello to one another. Inquire for how long they’ve worked there. If everybody seems new, and a lot are newly qualified teachers, then major upheavals have been afoot and unpopular decisions will have driven a lot of staff away.
Chat to the children and find out their reactions to various things. Don’t ask them if they enjoy school because 99% will say “Yes!” Ask them about writing and other things as it will tell you a lot about the school policies.
All Saints’ College
We are now going to look at one of the best primary schools in Perth, Australia, the All Saints’ College. All Saints’ is proudly a co-educational environment committed to meeting the needs of all students. The student cohort consists of 500 boys and girls with classes double streamed from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 4. In Year 5, 28 new students join the College making a triple stream in Year 5 and Year 6.
Within the College, the school believes that children should always feel safe, and should be treated with respect and kindness as they grow more resilient and develop their responsibility. Thoughtfulness is encouraged in their actions, active learning, participating enthusiastically and contributing to the life of the College and wider community.
ASC are committed to encouraging students to have a positive attitude to learning, even during the most challenging times. Each child is unique and self-reflection to encourage self-knowledge is encouraged. They get to learn what they most value and how they can most effectively contribute and achieve success. Students are encouraged to ask questions, be curious while developing research strategies as well as skill development. The team of enthusiastic teachers is at the center of this, dedicated to optimizing learning and promote student well-being, encouraging the growth of confident, capable and resilient young people.
ASC has the right sort of educational standards to get your child ready for the best colleges in the future.