You’ll probably already have some ideas about your local secondary schools, through talking to parents at your child’s primary school.
It’s important to include your child’s views about which secondary schools to apply to. Your child may be keen to continue school with current primary school friends and could be influenced by friends’ choices of secondary school.
Consider your child’s strengths and interests. Some secondary schools specialise in particular areas of the curriculum and this could help with your family’s decision. If your child has a specific learning difference such as dyslexia or autism - find out how the school support learning differences.
Think about your child’s character and the character of the school in question: do the two ’match’, or are there aspects of the school that your child may find difficult? Talk to your child about what they would find challenging at a particular school, as well as what would appeal.
Find out about extra-curricular opportunities outside lessons as well as academic standards. Being involved in out-of-school clubs can make a huge difference to the enjoyment of secondary school as well as having benefits for learning. Look at the range of sports activities on offer too - these can differ widely from school to school.
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