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15/04/2013 at 14:21
So G got into her 2nd choice school last week and i am not sure whether to go on the waiting list for my first choice or not. The basic differences are:
1st choice - next to G's pre school so she would know a lot of kids at school. The pre-school do visits there to get them used to it. It takes 60 kids a year in 2 classes. Its not walking distance from home.
2nd choice - walking distance from home. Her best friend is going there. They take 90 kids a year in 3 classes.
They are both very good schools so nothing in it academically. I feel G would settle better at school 1 as she will know lots more kids going there and its smaller. She isnt great at making new friends but her best friend is going to school 2.
15/04/2013 at 14:30
Luke isn't going to the school next to his pre-school, but the school nearest to our house (within walking distance). I agonised over this for ages as like you have said the pre school does lots of transition work with the primary school next to them, he currently does PE once a week in the primary school and they do their singing concerts once a term etc. he won't know anyone in the primary school we have chosen, but I decided that if he was going to make the change then the reception year was the time to do it when school is new and the chance to make friend is easier. He won't be the only child 'out of area' as they described it and he will still be invited to any open days for story time with new intake etc this summer. I think we will have wobbles come September but I felt that it was more important that he have the chance to develop friendships in our village and the chance to be able to walk to school once he reaches junior age. HTH
15/04/2013 at 14:34
I've been worrying about C starting school as there will possibly be no children he knows there as he goes to a pre-school at a nursery in a different village. I was talking to some parents from his pre-school yesterday about it (we were at a birthday party), and like they said he'll be find and make friends within hours probably, and we're the ones worrying more than them.
As it happens, his first choice primary school have had their ofsted published today and they've got inadequate, whereas his second choice are outstanding, so although it's unlikely, I'm really hoping he gets in his second choice!
15/04/2013 at 14:35
Wcs, I went to a primary that wasn't the closest to where we lived and it was a bit of a pita for mum as my friends were all near the school. I felt like I missed out a bit.
S will hopefully get into our nearest school which happens to be near the nursery. Find out this week!
15/04/2013 at 15:14
I'd be inclined to go for the closer one. Children can adapt easily I would think at age to new friends etc so surely making new friends near where you live would be better for socialising outside of school, for her and you? Also, so will have one friend so there will be some familiarity when she starts.
15/04/2013 at 15:21
Yes maybe thats the way to look at it - that she can socialise with school friends within walking distance hopefully! I have to say i like the idea of her going to a school i dont have yo drive to. I hate the school run to pre-school.....
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