I’ve spent the day catching up on housework (living the dream), and washing the never-ending stream of dirty clothes that seems to come from Dexter’s bedroom. I look at the state of his school uniform – hanging hems, ripped trouser crotches and filthy shirt cuffs, and wonder when will it ever end.
Except I don’t want it to end really, because when it does, that’s it. No more school stuff, and everything that entails, and it’s a very bitter-sweet thought to know that it’s all going to come to an end for good in a few years’ time.
I’ve been a parent for nearly 22 years – and most of that I’ve done on my own. Ensuring both boys get into a good school, getting them through their exams, paying for everything(!) and being as supportive as my tired self can be. I have no idea if I’ve done a good job, but I did the best I could, and my children seem relatively normal and happy, so I’ll take that as a win!
I wasn’t in the country to see Dexter off to Year 8 this year, and felt all of the guilt that any parent would probably feel in that situation, but I really enjoyed seeing my friends’ children head off to their new schools – the smart new uniforms, the plaited hair, and the innocent smiles… if only they knew what’s ahead!
I’ve been introduced to a website that could potentially make searching for the perfect school for your child that bit easier, and anything that makes life easier is something worth sharing, so I thought I would let you know about it in case you could do with a little support.
School Reviewer (www.schoolreviewer.co.uk) does what it says on the tin – it’s a website created by parents for parents, and contains all the information needed when you are selecting the right school for your children.
The first thing to do is check out your catchment area, although technically you can apply out of your catchment area as well (the site even gives you this catchment information), and this is where you can read about the school you’re interested in – read their OFSTED reports, their academic attainments and, most importantly I think for parents, read other parents’ reviews about that school.
It also includes sections on local tutors and buy/sell pages for uniform, if you’re looking to save a little bit of money (and this is a free service.) And, speaking as a parent who has seen both children through numerous exams, also includes another great resource, example SATS, 11+ and GCSE papers to download (ranging from free of charge to £4.99), including downloadable videos.
I wish this site had been around when the boys were younger – I just had to go on my local knowledge and instinct which, thankfully, for the most part at least, turned out alright. But knowledge is power, so why not take a look if you are in the process of choosing a school for your child, I think you’ll be impressed.
* This is a collaborated post