This plus that equals…. Choosing a School
Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about choosing a school ready for L to start reception next year. sobs
I usually try to make rather unemotional and practical decisions. I’m struggling with this one though.
For starters I’m just very emotional about the whole thing. L’s key worker at nursery has stated she is not worried about his transition into school, she is very worried about mine though. Ha! She’s right to be worried, I’m going to be an emotional wreck.
This is such an important decision though and I am trying to listen to my gut reactions as I look round these schools, as well as trying to be practical.
I am definitely over thinking things, I keep going round in circles with my thoughts, my husband has on more than one occasion mentioned I am being crazy.
To be fair I always just assumed L would go to our local school. It is literally just round the corner. We walked to it in under 5 minutes, in his time, stopping to look at things and not always going in the right direction.
There is a lot ot be said for a school we can walk to and one that even in the worst weather wouldn’t be a hardship.
It’s not a bad school, not at all. In fact had it been the only one I had looked at I would be more than happy to send him. It just wasn’t my favourite though.
My favourite, however, is a short car journey away in the wrong direction. even though I liked it better, do I like it enough to give up on the practicalities of having one just round the corner.
I try not to base too much on this. It’s subjective after all and I’m not sure I like the whole getting ready for an inspection thing, but hey, they happen and I would be foolish not to look into them.
One school we have looked at got a brilliant inspection but they haven’t had one for quite some time, so it could have changed. Hmmmm. Thankfully nowhere we have looked at has had a bad result.
I have to admit I am basing a lot of my decision making on what I thought of the staff and how they acted with the other children and how they interacted with L.
I feel bad doing this because I only met most of them for a couple of minutes. They are such an important part of his schooling though, in fact I think they are the most important.
So am I concerned that one school shares a head? Yes, I am. Did I take an instant dislike to one person I met? You bet I did. Did some of the teachers we meet really shine? Oh yes, they would be wonderful.
This is a tough one, because whilst his opinion has to matter, it isn’t based on anything sensible.
He got to play with a blue truck at one school, this was his favourite school, because it had a blue truck. Strangely, the blue truck status of school isn’t something we are actually taking into consideration.
But then he has also told me he liked the library better and prefered the lady. These are great reasons but I’m concerned they are really only linked back to the flippin blue truck.
How did you feel choosing a school? Any tips for me?
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