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Choosing a school for your child can often be a minefield, whether at 4, 7, 11 or 16 and all ages in between! With so many different schools to choose from, and a decision between independent, state and grammar schools, how do parents choose what is best for their son or daughter?
OFSTED and ISI reports (for the independent sector), can give a good overall view of a school’s performance, but won’t give you an idea of the school’s ethos and values. Every school that you are considering will have a different feel and atmosphere, so visiting is essential. There are many open days coming up over the next few months, and many schools will also arrange individual tours. When you’re visiting the school take note of what the pupils are doing. Do they seem happy and relaxed, interacting with each other and the teachers? Parents can view the school in action and get a real feel for what it would be like for their daughter to attend.
Excellent exam results are important to the majority of parents, particularly when their children are looking for a senior school place, but the focus shouldn’t only be on headline exam figures. Attention should also be paid to a school’s Value Added Score. Looking at whether pupils are meeting their expected progress and, in fact, exceeding this, is an indication that the school is getting the very best out of their pupils. At Saint Martin’s, we were ranked 27th in England for our GCSE results in 2016, and 1st in Solihull. We have also achieved a fantastic Value Added Score of +0.38 for students’ achievements between the end of GCSEs and A Levels. This placed Saint Martin’s in the top 4% of UK schools and highlights that our students make excellent progress, performing well above the national average.
Parents should also be looking at how their child will develop away from their academic success. What opportunities are the school providing for your child? Can they get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities? What skills does the school develop in your child that will help them to progress? Getting involved in activities outside of the classroom builds a successful foundation for life after school. Saint Martin’s offers an extensive programme of extra curricular activities and enrichment trips, ranging from Music, sport and drama, to debating, gardening and bridge!
Finally, there may be the choice between single sex or co-educational learning. As the only independent girls’ school in the Solihull area, Saint Martin’s understands the benefit of being taught in single sex environment. Girls at Saint Martin’s have the opportunity to thrive both academically and personally with an education geared specifically to their needs. They can be themselves and fully explore all the opportunities available to them. Their physical and intellectual confidence grows as they take on leadership roles and inspire others with no gender stereotyping. Our students excel in all areas of the curriculum, and have the freedom to express themselves in lessons without the distraction of boys!
Ultimately, children flourish in a safe and secure environment, and a school where your child is truly happy can be key to their academic performance and success. Visit the schools that you are interested in and speak to the staff and pupils, this should give you a really good idea of whether your child will be happy there.
Saint Martin’s School offers an outstanding education for girls aged 3-18. For further information and admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office on email@example.com, 0121 703 0910 or visit our website www.saintmartins-school.com. Our next Open Morning is taking place on Saturday 16th September, 9:30 – 12:00.
Although it is down to the individual learner herself to achieve the best from her education, there are other aspects that can affect the way your daughter progresses. At St Martin’s school Solihull we tailor our education and teaching styles to suit your daughter with regular one to one sessions so we can ultimately provide the best care and attention so your daughter can thrive within the classroom.
We have put together the 5 most important things that play a part in the way your daughter learns. These are:
From Nursery to Sixth Form, Saint Martin’s School for Girls is here to help your daughter achieve her potential. With a combination of valuable lessons, experienced teaching staff and remarkable facilities, our girls achieve high academic standards and leave us as confident, well prepared young women, ready for the next exciting phase of their lives.
According to research conducted on behalf of the Good Schools Guide, single sex education still rules the roost in both the public and private sectors. The study revealed that whilst the number of girls’ schools has dwindled since the 1970s, girls sitting their GCSEs performed better in single sex schools than in mixed-sex environments.
As one of the leading private schools in Solihull, Saint Martin’s School is a proud provider of single sex education. Here we discuss the reasons why girls-only schooling produces improved results and makes for a better experience for both pupils and their parents.
Footing the bill for your child’s nursery, primary and secondary education is one of the most important investments any parent can make. Whilst private education doesn’t come cheap, there are countless benefits that make enrolling your child into an independent school great value.
When it comes to your child’s education only the very best will do, and with a number of girls’ schools claiming to offer the highest academic results, plus all the extras, it can be difficult to choose and gain the right place.
As a leading girls’ school, Solihull-based Saint Martin’s understands the importance of choosing the right educational establishment for your child to thrive in for the coming years. Here we offer just five of the main factors that every parent should consider when scouring the independent school market.
As you will have experienced, primary and secondary education can have life changing implications that send ripples through the rest of your life, so getting it right first time really matters. As a leading private school for girls, Saint Martin’s School offers a range of outstanding facilities to deliver the very best education from Nursery to Sixth Form. But why should you choose private education for your child?
Here we take a closer look at the benefits of going private with your primary and secondary schools…