School is a child’s second home; hence schooling is one decision that is not taken lightly by parents. When choosing a school, often a parent cannot identify easily what the school offers from visiting the school. Therefore we would like to provide some features and characteristics, to look for during this sometimes stressful process.
- The children appear relaxed, happy and respectful.
- There is a sense of intrinsic discipline in the children.
- The children during playtime appear content and busy.
- Children appear engaged and interested in their learning.
- Children demonstrate a happy learning environment, through their engagement.
- Adults in the environment are friendly, helpful and give a sense of professional care.
- The Principal is accessible and shows interest in meeting parents.
- The staff are dressed appropriately and conduct themselves professionally.
- The teacher’s morale appears good.
- Positive comments are heard from all adults in the environment.
- There is a positive presence of parents in the school.
- Education is extended to parents.
- The grounds look inviting and are maintained.
- Classrooms are attractive and appear to be well resourced.
- Classrooms look set-up to meet children’s needs.
- School buildings are conducive to learning: airy, full of light and accessible.
- The reception area is welcoming, clean and tidy.
- There are outdoor activities appropriate for number and age of children.
- Communication on notice boards gives is friendly and respectful.
- School brochures are available for new parents.
- Children’s needs are met considering their abilities through special provisions.
- Parents are provided different ways of understanding school rules and philosophy.
- Communication is effectively and respectfully provided according to parent needs.
- There is a sense of community.
- Specific school policies are available to families.
- The school values: student/staff wellbeing, collaboration, parent involvement and continuous learning.
Ultimately a family, when walking around a school environment, should assess how they ‘feel’, as this will give a sense of perceived school ethos. Having many great facilities and not addressing values, discipline and respect will not produce happy children.
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow,
yet we forget that he is someone today”.