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Which school to choose - oh my brain hurts............

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TheMadHouse Wed 12-Sep-07 21:36:24

I have to choose a school, including preschool from my 2.5 year old. I have visited the two options today and it has made my brain hurt.

They are so different, both have good results, but one has 130 pupils and the other 570.

The smaller one has a real track record in sports and a real community feel, but I would have to drive to it.

The larger one is really arty and musical and could walk to it.

Other issue is that planning is going through for another 350 house in the area and I am worried about class sizes etc.

DS1 is a really happy boy, always laughing, but is also quite advanced for his age (counts to 13 and knows most of this letters). I know that by 4 most kids are educationally the same, but I want to make the right decision.

Any ideas. Please

LIZS Wed 12-Sep-07 21:54:51

You really don't have to choose a school atm . You won't apply for another year or so for a Reception place and attendance at an "attached" preschool or nursery is no guarantee of a place then. tbh I'm surprised a state school is even agreeingot you visiting so early.

TheMadHouse Wed 12-Sep-07 22:00:07

Oh Thanks LIZS

I am the only mum I know who hasnt done this yet. Both schools agreed to the visits and they knew how old he was.

Why doesnt the preschool mean entrance into Nursery.

This is the first time I have dome this and I am confushed. When I was at school, it was years 1-7!

LIZS Wed 12-Sep-07 22:06:03

Nursery/preschool class is funded and staffed separately to Reception which is part of the main school. The LEA would have a different application procedure for Recpetion, with various stated criteria used to prioritise all the applications for that school, whether already attending the nursery or not. LEA website should detail the timescales for applications.

funnypeculiar Wed 12-Sep-07 22:11:02

I don't think schools stop you looking round - my mum has people look round her school (primary school with no nursery) with babes in arms
LIZS is right - nursery & school are two very different animals. Ds starts nursery at our local scholl next week - but there's no guarentee he'll get into the school (over-subscribed; LEA administer the school admissions, school itself administers nursery)
BUT probably easier if you keep your lo at one school.

My opinion? Go with what felt right - you do know really smile

TheMadHouse Wed 12-Sep-07 22:17:26

I really dont know what is right. I might take him to visit them both and see what happens

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