When is the application deadline? Don't rush into a decision, if its not until October for example. Ring the schools and ask what they offer in the way of visits. Some have open days/evenings,others do group tours, othere one to one appointments. Bear in mind that you will probably have to wait a couple of weeks until the school is back and settled after the holidays. Do you know anyone with school-age children, who can give you the benefit of their experience? Chat to other mums at pre-school, for example, as they will be in the same position. Request the paper forms so you can go through the information more easily than online. Make sure you are familiar with the admissions criteria, and if looking at church schools, if they have a separate form to complete/get signed by the priest.