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Things To Consider When Choosing Schools

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If you’re looking beyond your local public primary school, it helps to think about what’s important to you and your child. To do this you can look at what schools might best suit your child’s personality, strengths, needs and interests. You can also consider how different schools:

• Match your personal values and preferences
• Meet your family’s practical needs
• Compare on factors like size, classes, facilities, results and so on
• Communicate and build relationships with families.

The questions below can help.

Personal values and preferences

This is about looking at the fit between your family’s values and the school’s culture:

Do you prefer public or private education? Are the facilities or subject choices a consideration?

Do you want your child to attend the same school that you attended or have a different experience?

Practical considerations

Most families need to consider practical things like how children will get to and from school:

Do you live in the same government zone as the school you’re interested in? If not, does the school take enrolments outside this zone?

How do things like school location, cost or difficulty of travelling to and from the school, and public transport options affect you?

School factors: size, classes, facilities, results

It can help to compare different schools’ sizes, class arrangements, facilities, extracurricular activities, results and so on:

Is the school small or large? What size is likely to suit your child best?

What facilities does the school have to support your child’s learning and development – for example, a library, outdoor play areas, music programs, clubs and sporting teams?

Has the school improved its academic results over the past few years? What about its results in other areas like the arts, sport or community engagement?

School communication and connections

Good parent-school relationships can help your child get the most out of their education: What opportunities are there for parent and family involvement with the school? How is the school connected with the local community?

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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