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Your guide to choosing the right education for you and your family

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A complete list of Schools on the Costa Blanca
Choosing a School - First Impressions
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Choosing a School - First Impressions

In choosing a school for your child it is important to make the right decision. A visit to any school you are considering will be high on your agenda.

Schools are busy places so phone in advance and make an appointment. If another member of staff looks after potential new parents then also ask to at least meet briefly with the Head Teacher as this person plays a significant role in the school and you can learn a lot from meeting him/her.

It is a good idea to bring with you copies of the last three reports from your child’s previous school. If you also happen to have a reference letter all the better. If possible, the child should also visit the school with you. Do go with questions prepared. A checklist is attached to help you. If your child has special needs, inform the school at this meeting and determine if there is a willingness and/or resources to help him/her.

You should be offered a tour of the school. From the moment you arrive observe everything around you:
Are the grounds well kept?
Is the school clean?
How are you greeted?
Is there evidence of celebration of students’ work?
Is there a friendly, caring atmosphere in the school?
Do people seem happy to be there?
Is there a good working atmosphere in the classrooms?
Do the children behave well in classes?
Are your questions answered in a frank and open manner?

At the end, ask yourself and/or ask your child (if appropriate):
Would he/she be happy and grow socially and academically in that school?
Is it a school you would be proud to have your child attend?

Denise Kelly
Educational Consultant & Head Teacher of Elian’s British School, La Nucia, Alicante.