Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­plained

One of our ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts from ACS In­ter­na­tional Schools, which has cam­puses in Cob­ham, Egham and Hilling­don, an­swers your ed­u­ca­tion ques­tions

Surrey Life - - Education -

We need to pick a high school for our daugh­ter this year. We’ve signed up for sev­eral open days, how do we get the most out of them?

I’m pleased that you are at­tend­ing open days. Th­ese of­fer the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get to know a school. Here are a few tips…

• On our open days we of­ten have stu­dent am­bas­sadors ready to talk to fam­i­lies. That’s the first thing I’d sug­gest, talk to cur­rent stu­dents and ask them what they love (and don’t love!) about the school you’re vis­it­ing. It will give you a real in­sight.

• Ask to visit an ac­tual class­room, prefer­ably in ses­sion; do the stu­dents look in­ter­ested? It’s vi­tal that stu­dents are en­gaged – a sure sign that they are gain­ing from their ed­u­ca­tion.

• Talk to teach­ers and ask a prob­ing ques­tion – what sort of stu­dent does your school serve best?

• Don’t be shy to ask about bur­saries. In­de­pen­dent schools, such as ours, do have a wide range of fi­nan­cial awards for stu­dents.

• Con­sider your child’s pas­sions, strengths and weak­nesses. Is your daugh­ter into sports, drama or mu­sic? Does she have a tal­ent for com­puter cod­ing? Then seek out the fa­cil­i­ties on the open day which ap­peal to th­ese needs. You’ve got to find the right fit.

• Ul­ti­mately, trust your gut in­stinct and don’t al­low your­self to be swayed by friends cham­pi­oning other schools. Make your de­ci­sion on your child’s strengths and choose a school that will al­low them to meet their full po­ten­tial. Tweet your ques­tions to our ex­perts via @Ac­sintschools and find out about ACS In­ter­na­tional Schools by vis­it­ing acs-schools.com.

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