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Spalding-area parents urged to visit open days to find the right primary school

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Primary schools across the district will soon be opening their doors to parents of prospective new pupils.

Parents are urged to visit all of the open days of their preferred school to make sure they make the right decision for their child’s future.

Before going along to open days, it might be worth reading the school’s Ofsted Inspection report.

While it is important for your decision not to be based on the ratings of this inspection, the reports will give an insight into how the school operates.

Excited school children in school uniform with hands up ready to answer a question from the teacher
Excited school children in school uniform with hands up ready to answer a question from the teacher

Visiting inspectors speak to the governors, teaching staff and pupils.

They also observe lessons and look at children’s work in order to make their judgements.

An important thing to look out for is the ‘value added’ score which gives an indication of the help and support provided by the school to its pupils.

Ahead of the open day, parents are also advised to write down any questions of the issues which matter to you about how your child will be educated.

These can include the staff ratios for classes, the educational ethos of the school and its lunchtime policies.

However, an education does not just take place in a classroom so it is also advisable to find out what the extra curricular activities the school offers.

Working parents are also advised to check if the school operates breakfast and after school clubs.

Visiting the school will give parents an ideal opportunity to see how it ‘feels’ and if they could imagine their child attending classes there.

When touring the schools, it is important to see how pupils enjoy their lessons, if the site is tidy and what displays are on the walls.

Why not ask what is on the school’s curriculum and how lessons are presented along with what technology it has in place. Parents should also ask what future plans the school has.

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