Starting your primary/prep school search? Have a few ideas? Or floundering a bit?
Let’s start by understanding what’s important to you; your natural bias. What’s guiding your school search, and what might you need to look out for?
Schools are keen to demonstrate their successes in exams, in sport and in the arts. The implication is that the success and achievements of their pupils is a reflection on the school. But how important is that track record of success to you?
One of the fundamental decisions a parent has to make on schooling is whether they would rather a narrower, more specialised curriculum, usually geared towards exam success. Or, alternatively, a broader curriculum geared towards creating a more rounded individual? Not an easy choice!
Schools differ in what they teach, and they differ in how they teach. Teaching methods, techniques and philosophies influence the way that your child learns. Take this quiz to see where you stand on teaching.
School facilities are an outward expression of a school's commitment to teaching certain subjects. The quality of the facilities may indicate the quality of the educational experience. But if there are good facilities available out in the community it doesn't follow that a lack of school facilities equates to a poorer education. Where do you stand?
There are tangible aspects to education, such as facilities, curriculum, teaching policies. And there are intangible aspects; aspects that make the school an inspiring place to learn; the people, the buildings, the atmosphere, maybe. The "Look and Feel" of a school could have role to play in your child's education, but how important a role in your view?
Aspects of schooling that you're probably most familiar with; gender, faith, independent/state etc. And before you started these quizzes you may have thought these were the most important.