Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Give Your Child the Best Start

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Give Your Child the Best Start

Article excerpt

THE direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. Although they clearly should apply to women as well as men, the words of Greek philosopher Plato are as apt today as they were when written around 350BC. Schools are a crucial component of our development and a good one will securely set youngsters off on a learning path that will equip and set them up for life.

Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. Every parent wants their child to get the best start, especially in terms of education.

There are plenty of factors to take into account too, such as the travelling distance, school security, opportunities offered in each year group and extra-curricular activities.

To have the best chance of getting your child into the primary or secondary school of your choice, you must apply well in advance. The process of choosing a school for your child can seem daunting, but starting your preparation and planning early can help you to make a well-informed choice.

All parents need to make an application - even if your child's current primary or nursery school is linked to the school you want them to go to next, you will not be considered for a place unless you apply.

Ask yourself what you - and your child - need from a school, and start gathering information early. Most schools will hold open days providing parents with an opportunity to see just what individual schools have on offer.

From facilities and subjects, to extracurricular activities and past achievements, open days are a great way to get an insight into what's going on at your preferred choice. Parents can speak to teachers, pupils and staff to get a better feel for the place.

September and October are traditionally the busiest months for school open days, when parents have the chance to scrutinise everything from the standards of the bathroom facilities to the number of extra-curricular events pinned up on the school notice boards. …

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