37. The best days of their lives
You can’t guarantee your child’s schooldays will be the best days of his life, but choose the right school and you can be certain he’ll have many invigorating, exhilarating and inspiring days there.
Different families have different priorities and expectations for pre-teen education. It’s worth making a list of what’s important and keeping it by you as you study school prospectuses.
Visit as many as you can. One of the hardest, but most important, things to do is get a sense of the atmosphere and ethos. Does the place shout ‘discipline’ or leave you feeling inspired and positive. What do you think of the cultural and ethnic diversity? Is there evidence of pupils’ proficiency and teachers’ passion for making ...