Relocating? How To Find The Best School in East London.
23rd July 2020
23rd July 2020
One of the top concerns that many families have when moving to East London is finding the right school for their children. Many home moves are explicitly made so that families can move closer to the catchment area of their dream school.
But what happens if you find your dream house first and then need to find the best school close by?
I'm frequently asked about schools in East London and in this article, you’ll find our top tips to help you find the right school for your children when moving to East London .
Let’s face it, it may be tough to find a school that has absolutely everything that you’re looking for and all the schools in the East London area have their own strengths.
When looking for a school in East London I'd recommend making a list of your priorities. For instance, are you looking for a school with a tremendous academic record or one with a specific subject focus? Are extra-curricular activities essential or does your child have any special needs that the school should cater for? Are you looking for state schools or private schools? Single-sex or co-ed? There are lots to consider before you even kick off your search.
Writing down all your priorities like this will help you focus your search, as this is an area that’s packed with lots of great schools to choose from!
Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for in terms of priorities, it’s time to start researching. We recommend doing this as early as you possibly can. You will probably want to visit several schools in East London before you decide on the best fit, so make sure you leave enough time for multiple appointments and open days.
Start gathering critical information online using reputable sites such as The Good Schools Guide and check the school performance tables on Gov.uk. Read through online school reviews and scour the Ofsted reports.
School research can be a time-consuming process, which is why we recommend starting early. Once you’ve whittled it down to your top three schools in East London , pay each of them a visit with your child. Which brings us on to our next point…
Although this might not be immediately possible, we highly recommend visiting schools when you can. Take a tour and get a good feel of the environment that your child will potentially be spending lots of their time in. Talk to the staff and pupils and ask them questions.
Here are some of the key things to observe on a school visit:
If it’s not possible for you to physically visit the school before you move, don’t despair. Check out their website. Some schools now offer virtual tours of their campuses. You could also hold a Zoom call with the headteacher to get a better feel of the school, and it’s teaching style.
If you have the chance to say hello to your new neighbours before your move, ask them about their personal experiences with the local schools. Chatting with another parent could save you research time, as they will have done the same research when they moved and may also have first-hand experience of a school if they are sending their own children to one of the schools that you’re interested in.
Once you have found the perfect fit, find a back-up! It’s always sensible to have a Plan B in case your chosen school in East London doesn’t work out. Creating a list of your top two or three schools means that you can quickly fall back to another option if needed, although of course, we hope your child gets into your first choice!
If you are moving to the area soon, I'm always happy to give some guidance on any aspect of your move.