Remembering your childhood and schooldays may give you mixed emotions as an adult. Undoubtedly some experiences shaped you into the person you are now. Others you may rather forget. Are you developing your education, or finding the best school for your children? Some of those memories may be worth revisiting.
Start by thinking about the building you were taught in. Was it cold, warm, airy? Maybe it was too small, or maybe there were too many of you in it. Remembering how you coped with those situations could influence your decisions about the schools you are looking at right now. A good school will have a large number of classrooms as well as central learning areas. These might be filled with computer workstations or be more like a literary library.
A good sign that a school is doing well is the number of temporary buildings it is using. Schools expand because they attract lots of students. They will use these kinds of structures to make sure there is adequate space for all. You can read more about the use of temporary school buildings online. If you had any in your school days, you might be pleasantly surprised at how much better they are these days.
Another good sign that a school is doing well is the number of job advertisements they have. If they are expanding their staff, that means they have the funding to do so. More staff means more experience and diversity in the teaching. It may also open up opportunities for additional subjects to be adopted in the curriculum. The number of extra curricular subjects could also increase, enriching the learning of students.
A school that has a good website is one that is open to communication with teachers, students and the wider community. The point of returning to school as an adult is to improve your career opportunities and provide enriching activities. Details about these should be easy to find on the school website. And they should be shouting loudly about good examination and achievement results!
The school that is right for your children will be the one that has plenty to keep your kids out of trouble. Academic lessons should be only one part of what you are looking for. There should also be opportunities to join sports teams, and have classes on culture and the arts. There should be plenty of clubs to join, and the school should pride itself on the end of term theatre productions.
There should also be a very clear anti-bullying message. It should be coupled with a detailed program of managing problems in this area. When you enter the school, it should be noticeable that students are polite and behaved. You should be able to feel a positive atmosphere as you walk in the door. This is the school for you.
Good schools are everywhere. They are the norm rather than the exception. Choosing a school may take a little research, but if the course is right, you usually can’t go wrong. Visit any school you may be interested in. Enjoy your education.