School choices revealed
TOWNSVILLE parents have not been influenced by the controversial My School w e b s i t e w h e n d e c i d i n g where to send their children.
School groups i nit i al l y feared the website would give misleading information to parents trying to choose schools.
Four local schools were among 84 schools that took part in the What Parents Want: Independent Schools Queensland Survey.
Only 8.2 per cent of parents, who had recently started their child at an independent school, listed the My School website among the three sources of information most l i kely t o i nfluence t hem when choosing a school.
By comparison 74 per cent listed friends and colleagues a s t h e most i n f l u e n t i a l source.
Other parents with children at the school and school open days were also significant factors.
In a similar survey, Townsvil l e Catholic Education parents didn’t mention the website in their top decisionmaking factors, listing quality of teachers, standard of student behaviour and support for each student’s selfdevelopment.
The results were despite t he i nternet becoming a more important decisionmaking tool for parents since 2006.
I n d e p e n d e n t S c h o o l s Queensland executive director David Robertson said 2292 parents took part in the online survey.
‘‘ School choice is one of the most important decisions any parent will make in respect of their children.’’
‘‘ It is therefore important to understand the factors that influence this choice and which sources of information parents find most valuable.
‘ ‘ Preparing students for life, good discipline and encouraging a responsible attitude to school work were the most influential factors for parents when choosing an independent school for their children.’’