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What are you looking for in a secondary school?

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Nena7 Fri 14-Nov-14 12:20:30

Hi, I'm interested in finding out what qualities parents are looking for when choosing a secondary school? Would be grateful if you could let me know what you rate the most important factors. Thank you!

MarjorieMelon Fri 14-Nov-14 21:26:38

Somewhere where I can imagine my dc's and a place that they will be happy attending.

In no particular order my criteria included:

* friendly welcoming atmosphere
* high standards
* confidence in the head teacher and leadership team
* variety of clubs and activities
* good academic results and a high proportion of pupils moving onto good universities
* opportunities for pupils to get involved in leadership activities

PastSellByDate Sat 15-Nov-14 08:35:34


I think it ends up being a balance between parental desires for good educational outcomes and respecting your child's desires (staying with friendship group/ sports opportunities/ support of educational interests/ etc...)

For us:

Stability (we just left a primary in constant revolutionary change - new initiative after new initiative introduced & abandoned).

Good results (GCSE/ A-Level/ OFSTED report)

Good reputation locally (friends with kids there think it's a good school)

and then MarjorieMelon's list...

foxdongle Sat 15-Nov-14 13:04:36

Great teaching/interesting teachers that engage and like working with teenagers of all abilities and encouraging progression.

Good results.

Good communication. Our primary was lacking.

Strong leadership.

Notinaminutenow Sat 15-Nov-14 13:13:24

What Marjorie listed.

Also, most importantly for us, a relatively stable teaching staff that actually seem to like teenagers.

TeenAndTween Sat 15-Nov-14 18:14:28

Good Pastoral support.

Good results achieved for my type of child.

Flexible GCSE options.

Care about whole child, not just results.

Good communication with parents.

holmessweetholmes Sat 15-Nov-14 18:20:31

A realistic rather than slavish attitude to Ofsted's requirements. Regarding students as individuals, not numbers on a graph. Setting in as many subjects as possible. Good staff retention. A generally well-behaved and motivated cohort of kids (I'd put that pretty much at the top of the list actually).

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