Frequently asked questions

We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about choosing a school and how you can support your children when they start school.

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Choosing a school

What should I look out for when choosing a school?

When should I visit a school and what should I look out for?

What are Ofsted reports and what can they tell me?

What are league tables and how can they help me?

Supporting your child  

What should I do to prepare my child on their first day of school?

My child cries when I leave them at school – what can I do?

My child initially liked school and now, after two weeks, they hate it. What can I do?

What should I ask my child about their day at school?

My child doesn’t say much about their day at school – how can I encourage them to tell me things?

What should I do to prepare my child in the school holidays?

How should I approach my child’s teacher if we have a problem?

My child was born in the summer – will this disadvantage them?

What should I do if I think my child is gifted or talented?

What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs (SEN)?

How much homework should my child have?

Supporting your school

Why should I join the school PTA?

Why should I become a school governor?

How can I help with fundraising for my school?

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