What type of school are you looking for?
- Boarding or Day?
- Coeducational or single sex?
- Age of entry?
- Specialist schools?
- Sixth Form Colleges?
Decide truthfully how academic your child is. You do not want a school which is too academic – this will only produce an unhappy child. Choose a school where your child will be stretched but not overwhelmed.
Also consider whether school provides adequate support (EFL) for pupils needing to improve their English.
Boarding or Day
Boarding schools can offer ready access to help and have resources for the pupils on hand. They can offer extra –curricular opportunities which help to provide an all round education which can stimulate a lifelong interest for the pupils.
Boarding helps a pupil to develop independence at a young age. However, boarding does not suit every child and there are many excellent day schools as well.
Think about whether your child will be happier in a large or small school.
Coeducational or Single Sex
This comes down to personal preference but it is often found that children do better academically in single sex schools up to the age of 16.
Age of Entry
Boarding places are available from the age of 7 or 8.
Traditionally in the UK boys have graduated to senior schools at the age of 13, girl at 11 but this is flexible and it is increasingly common for both boys and girls to attend the Sixth Form from the age of 16.
There are some specialist boarding schools which excel in specific areas such as choir schools, music, dance, art and sport. These schools will offer good academic education as well.
6th Form Colleges
These colleges offer courses to A level as well as the option of re-sitting GCSEs. Most do not offer boarding accommodation.