What do we look for when visiting schools?

As education consultants we of course become very involved in our students’ journeys and are always thrilled when they receive offer letters from schools. We know how hard children work to prepare for entrance tests and interviews and it is wonderful to see their efforts rewarded. Recently, students have received offers from some fantastic schools including Malvern College, The King's School, Wellington College, Queen Anne’s, Ardingly, Caterham, King’s Ely, Leweston and St Lawrence College.

It has also been a privilege to visit a range of schools over the past few weeks, to catch up with admissions colleagues and see the incredible facilities and opportunities on offer. We have enjoyed visits to Dean Close, Framlingham College, Taunton, Giggleswick, Stonyhurst, Rossall, Sedbergh, Windermere and Kent College. Every school has something special to offer and it is this which makes our work as consultants so varied and interesting.

Fiona Pocock, Senior Consultant, visited Principal Tim Naylor and the team at Bath Academy.

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Mary with Minnie Sibanda from admissions at Kent College, Pembury

Heather visited Burgess Hill Girls to present Nikki Donson, Head of Boarding, and boarders with their crystal award.

What do we look for when visiting schools?

1. What curriculum and courses are offered? Are there any subjects that are unusual or stand out as being particularly popular or successful?

2. Are there any sports or activities that the school is especially strong in?

3. What are the boarding houses like?

4. What is the headteacher’s ‘vision’ and how is this apparent in the behaviour of the students and the general atmosphere of the school?

5. Do the children look happy and engaged in their lessons?

We will always come away with an overall impression of a school, and the sort of student likely to thrive there. There is no substitute for a personal visit to a school and we always encourage families to visit a range of schools before making a final decision.

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