The munchkin will start primary school next September – time actually flies! As much as I really want her to be more independent in terms of feeding and cleaning herself , I do not want my baby to grow up! She is protected at home with me and at this age I can control a lot of what happens to her. She attends nursery a few days a week but she is mainly at home with me.
In the next couple months I will be able to apply for her primary school but I am faced with the tough decision of where to send her. I have not grown up in this area so I know nothing about the schools. I do not even know what schools there are to choose from and I need to list 5 (I think) in order of preference.
Education is very important to me. Which ever school we end up choosing, I know that education starts at home and will continue at home. The munchkin is learning to read and does basic arithmetic on her abacus. I also bought her a *cough* Kindle (I know, a 3 year old with her own tablet, the only tablet I have ever had is a Benedryl) to aid in her learning. I want to ensure that she has teachers that will push her to fulfill her potential like we do at home. The munchkin is bright and learns quickly and I know that she is capable of big things. Maybe every parent thinks the same of their child, I do not know, but a school with the right teachers is essential.
I have started to look at the local schools on the internet and I have come across websites such as Ofsted, Department for Education and review sites. There are so many statistics. I think results are important but then there are stats for how many children get a free lunch and how many have English as their second language. I am not sure if I am supposed to care about those stats. There are other stats that make me feel as though I am supposed to read them and judge the school based on what I perceive to be the class of the children attending. I do not want my child to hang around with the “wrong crowd” at school or be bullied but I am hoping that through myself and my husband’s parenting, she will make the right choices and be able to tell us if she is being bullied. I appreciate that is not always the way it goes but I do not think I should be choosing a school based on how many of the parents claim benefits or were not born in this country.
What do you think? What are the important factors in choosing the right school? How did you make your decision? I am still trying to make a decision and changing my opinion all the time so any comments would be helpful!