Changing Primary School

(5 Posts)
IndigoUnicorn Tue 09-Feb-16 14:24:12

Hi everyone,
I was looking for some advice or info. I'm really really unhappy with my daughters primary school, and on Friday I have an appointment to look around another school closer to our home but also looks as though it's a lot better! My daughter is 8 and I would like her to be involved in this change as much as possible and so would like to take her with me to have a look around the new school. Will her current school allow her the time off for this? I hope so because otherwise I'll have to fib to them which I really don't want to do! Thank you very much for any replies!

ByThePrickingOfMyThumbs Tue 09-Feb-16 14:31:07

Ring them and ask if they'll record it as an unorthorised absence or not. They should be ok with it - my DDs old school were in similar circumstances. But realistically the worst they can do is record it as an unorthorised absence. Which doesn't really matter to you because you're leaving anyway.

Traalaa Tue 09-Feb-16 14:40:36

Does she know you're looking to move her? Is that what she wants too? I wouldn't take her first time round. You might not even like it when you see it and you can't talk as honestly to the new school if she's there with you. If it's a good school and you do think it's right, then you can arrange another visit and she can go then. Most schools will allow a 'taster' day. Make your own mind up first.

Stillunexpected Tue 09-Feb-16 15:23:08

I wouldn't take her on the visit. What happens if she likes it and you hate it? What are you going to do then? Does you DD know that you are thinking about moving her - if not, it may take more than a few days for her to come round to the idea. You don't want to be dragging a reluctant 8 year old around a new school when you are trying to impress the Headteacher.

IndigoUnicorn Wed 10-Feb-16 08:47:21

Thank you for your replies! Yes, my daughter is fully aware about everything and is completely cool with it all. I want to take her because I trust that she will understand if it's not the right school should she love it and we decide it's not good for her and vice versa. She's very grown up and matter of fact about these kind of things. So I should call the school and just ask? I don't see how it could be unauthorised, especially as if she is offered a taster day, she would need time off for that surely? I

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