A very interesting post has been written by Kate over a the Five F’s blog about choosing schools. There is a lot of media interest in this subject at the moment. Many of you may have seen the recent BBC series ‘The Big School Lottery’ which followed 6 children as they madethier choices and finally went to secondary school.
Kate’s article is interesting though because it is not about moving from primary to secondary schools. That is an anuual event that is often in the public eye. This is about a parent’s choice of primary school.
It got me thinking – when did all this change? Once upon a time in the ‘not too distant past’ children went to their local primary school. If that was full then the next nearest was where the youngster went. Now we have schools which are oversubscribed, with waiting lists and parents considering moving so that they get the school of their choice.
What has brought about this ‘commercialization’ of primary education? Have league tables made a difference? Do parents worry about SATs results? From Kate’s article it would seem not. It is the atmosphere and general ambience that draws parents in.
So, what is the difference that makes the difference? If you are a parent, did you do the same as Kate and visit schools? What aspect made you choose that particular school? If you are a head teacher what do you do to entice parents to give you their off spring to educate?
What can undersubscribed schools do to improve their numbers?