My ds did not get allocated a reception place at a local school-he was allocated one on the other side of town (a failing school) so I decided to move house. I have managed to find a flat and a school place in another area, and the school is nice, but not all that near the flat, which is very close to two other nice primary schools. When we move we will be first on the wait list for both nearer schools, so it is reasonable to think that at some point a place at one of them would open up for him and I would move him as it would be much easier for him to go to a school so near. The thing is, he is a bit of a worrier anyway, and due to the fact that we are moving etc, things are a bit disrupted. If he goes to the further school and then I move him, for example , after a term, I am worried that he will be really confused and will be upset. On the other hand, if he is going to be at primary school for 6 years, it just makes sense for him to go somewhere really close, and makes it much easier for me to get to work too. Has anyone had experience of this kind of thing, and if so, was it ok in the end? Please say it was!
we moved DS1 after not being happy with the original primary. We'd met with them several times to voice our concerns, they did nothing, hence the move.
Very happy that we did so.
But our son is a bit of a worrywart too. To be honest, if your DS is going to worry about school, he's going to worry about school. Not really very much you can do about it but try not to let him pick up on your anxieties, as they will only affirm what he is feeling.
Sorry. Down to your gut instinct. Visit all of them several times and make your decision based on what feels best.
Thanks all. I suppose what it really is is that he has been going to the same nursery, with his little gang of friends, for years, and I would feel guilty if he went to one school, made new friends and then I moved him essentially for my own convenience. But then I am feeling guilty and stressed about everything at the mo, so I will really try not to infect him with it!
I actually initially chose a "good" school over an "outstanding one" because I found the "outstanding" one really cold, so I totally agree that ofsted reports are to be taken with a pinch of salt. I don't care that much about academic stuff at this point, just want him to feel secure really.
Yes, and almost moved him again as he won a scholarship to an outstanding prep, but we decided against. It took him a while to settle (moved at beginning of Y1) and we had 'problems' with his behaviour for about half a term, so we didn't want to unsettle him again. It was the right decision for him, to move him from the school that we did, and he barely remembers his old school now.
Yes absolutely, very adaptable at that age. Cared for a child who moved from, as you say, a nursery with all his little friends, to a primary in a different county. Has just completed reception year fine. Very settled there & comPletely understood that moving = new school (didn't move to get the school, it just came as part of the house move.
Moved mine several times and they have adapted well but I do worry about it. It really depends on the child. We are moving schools again and will probably move a few years again after that. It's actually the biggest worry i have but hope that the kids continue to adapt well as they have done so far.