With the deadline for primary school applications due this month, catchment areas are hot topic. Where you live can affect which school your child will attend. This can be a worrying time for parents as many will have a preferred school and may not quite live within the required catchment area.
We have many buyers who look to organise a house move well before their child attends school. There are many questions to ask when deciding which school is best for your child and Rightmove have established there is more to it than just a good Ofsted report.
Rightmove spoke to headteacher, James Wiltshire, from Muswell Hill Primary School who advises what you should be looking for in a school:
What should be your main contributing factors when deciding whether a primary school is right for your child?
Department for Education Performance Tables
Their local offer for Special Educational Needs
Additional activities i.e. breakfast club and after school clubs
What should you be looking for when you visit the school?
Visit a range of schools so you can compare them
Look at the classrooms and corridors – what are the displays like?
What are the interactions like within the classroom? Between children or between the children and their teachers?
How can you improve your chances of getting into a school?
Know the admissions criteria from school to school
Know the order in which the criteria are set by the Local Admissions Authority
Find out more information Rightmove’s School Checker here.
To find out more tips from James Wiltshire there is an interesting video here
To check Rightmove's School Checker click here
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