We understand that choosing the right school for your daughter is a big decision. It’s all about finding the perfect fit, and one important way to get a sense of what a school has to offer is by attending an open day.
Questions to Ask at a School Open Day
What Is the School’s Educational Philosophy?
Asking about the school’s philosophy will help you understand if it aligns with your values and expectations for your daughter’s education. Every school is likely to say something like “We believe in the importance of a rounded education” / “A happy girl is a successful girl” and so on, so to dig a bit deeper, ask them (or better still, one of the pupils) what the school does to make them happy. Is it really a rounded education, or are most pupils under pressure to make their grades?
What Extracurricular Activities Are Offered?
Beyond the classroom, extracurricular activities play a crucial role in your child’s holistic development. Inquire about specific clubs, sports, arts, and other activities available – are there enough places to go around? How likely is that your daughter will get to play in the orchestra?
How Do You Support a Pupil’s Individual Needs?
Ask about the Learning Support they offer – what sort of format does it take? What about the more able pupils – do they get the chance to extend their learning? If so, how? And what about the (often forgotten) middle?
What Is the Teacher-Student Ratio?
Smaller class sizes often lead to more personalised attention. Find out about the teacher-student ratio to gauge how much individualised support your child can expect
What Is the School’s Approach to Behaviour Management?
Understanding the school’s approach to behaviour management will give you insight into the learning environment and how issues are addressed.
How Is Technology Integrated into the Curriculum?
In today’s digital world, technology plays a significant role in education. Ask about the school’s approach to technology integration and digital literacy.
What Are the Admission Requirements and Processes?
It’s essential to be aware of the admission requirements and timelines, including any assessments or interviews your daughter may need to undergo.
How Does the School Create a Positive Learning Environment?
Understanding the school’s efforts to create a safe, inclusive, and nurturing atmosphere is crucial for your child’s emotional and social development.
Can You Speak With Current Pupils and Parents?
Hearing from current pupils and their parents can provide valuable insights into the day-to-day life at the school.
Apply for St Margaret’s Hampstead
To find out more about applying for St Margarets School visit our Admissions page.