School open days are often the insight you need to help you shortlist your child’s school choices.
There are so many benefits to attending an open day; you can learn more about the school by asking the staff questions and you can have a good look around. Visiting a school and getting a feel for it in person is really important and can help to make or break your decision.
Parsons Green Prep School explores more of the benefits of attending school open days below…
Open days are a great opportunity to explore school facilities, meet the teachers an get a feel for the atmosphere. It is important for parents to visit several different schools with their children, so they can compare the pros and cons of each.
Some schools provide an opportunity for families to tour the school, guided by an existing pupil. This is the perfect chance for you to get an insight into school life by asking your tour guide lots of questions.
You could find out what the school dinners are like, learn about extra-curricular activities or get the names of the strict teachers! Whilst on your tour, take note of how well-kept and clean the building is and have a look at the type of work they have up on the classroom walls. This can often give you an indication of the subjects that the school excels in.
When listening to presentations from the head teacher or other members of staff, think about what values they encourage at the school and whether they align with your own family values. Consider whether or not your child will feel welcome and happy at the school.
Open days are fantastic place to start when you are researching schools. However it is also I good idea to do a return visit on a normal day, when they’re not putting on a show for perspective parents. If you can’t attend an open day due to work or other commitments, contact the school directly to see if you can arrange a visit during school hours.
You can also find out a lot of information about schools online, such as inspection reports or parent testimonials.
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