What to look for in a grammar school

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:12am

If you are considering a grammar school education for your child, it can be a daunting task to choose the most suitable option. There will be plenty to consider and various factors that come into play when deciding which institution will best match your child’s needs. 

Finding the right fit will involve a school that meets their educational and emotional needs. Choosing a school that suits your child’s personality, passions, and interests is as vital as opting for a school that will support them academically. Happiness at school is rooted around several key factors, including the social aspects and lifestyle changes that school choice will bring. Given the right opportunity to learn, achieve, and succeed in the right way, you will find that the school will open many doors for your child that can lead to the best future possible. Read on to gain some further understanding as to what to consider, and why it matters. 

Personality Match

It is important to ensure that your final choice of school mirrors your child’s personality traits. For example, a school that leads in sport would not be suited to a child whose passion is the arts. This may sound obvious, but other factors such as academic success and location may influence the choice. Bearing this in mind, give this task the time it deserves in order to find the right fit. Schools that highlight an emphasis on group learning, and pride themselves on teamwork may not be suited to an introvert who prefers to work on their own. Every grammar school will present its own identity, and this is for a reason. Children learn in different ways, and the beauty of grammar schools is that you can find the right one that supports and nurtures your child’s learning style. This will give them scope, standing, and opportunity, as opposed to a lack of confidence in their own abilities. 

The Right Preparation

Of course, applying to a grammar school isn’t a simple task, as it will involve your child taking the 11+ test. Many grammar schools will have a capped entrance number each year, and more importantly, a minimum score for entry. The 11+ is a great opportunity to find out the level of your child’s academic abilities, which can further determine the most suited grammar school. Preparation, support, guidance, and tuition in a nurturing environment can help your child feel calm, and confidence come test day, so give your child the best possible chance by providing the support. Additionally, you can turn to services such as Marie Redmond Tuition, who can provide expert guidance and tuition tailored to your child’s specific needs.

Word of Mouth

There is nothing more powerful than a recommendation. School gate opinion can be astute and accurate and can gauge the feel of a school better than any Ofsted report. Ask any students you know at the school about their experience, and perhaps look on forums or discussion boards for some top tips.

Another idea is to ask around parents with older children at the grammar schools you may be considering. They may be able to give you an accurate review of the school as a whole.

It is such an important time in a child’s life, transitioning from primary to ‘big school.’ With this in mind, make sure you and your child consider all aspects of a potential school. Be sure that it fits not only their learning potential but will also enhance their personality and help them thrive.