Moving from a state primary
David Goodhew, Head, Latymer Upper School, Dr Frances Ramsey, Head, Godolphin and Latymer School and Grace Moody-Stuart, Director, The Good Schools Guide will be discussing how pupils move from a state primary to the independent sector.
Topics discussed will include
A School perspectives
- How focused are your schools on recruitment from state schools?
- How do independent schools gain from state school recruitment?
- Is ‘need’ a component from the school’s perspective, or is state school recruitment just recognition that lots of parents these days choose local primaries for their child’s first school
- Is broadening recruitment about league tables (recreating direct grant )?
- Do many move from state at 16+?
- does your staff reflect the student body? how diverse are both?
B The wider perspective
- Why should parents consider moving their child from the state system?
- Are more parents moving between the systems? Is this a London trend? Or national? Specific to particular parts of London?
- What about 13+ entry? how do you move from primary to a 13+ entry senior school? Via a boarding prep? Or are there other routes?
C How to:
- Assessing state school educated applicants
- preparing your child - do you have to tutor madly? do schools give leeway to children not prepared at preps?
- Do head from state schools write reports? If not how do you allow for that?
- Do you interview differently?
- how do independent schools recruit from the state sector? eg outreach programmes to broaden access? how is effectiveness measured?
- do state school parents understand the wide variety of admissions procedures / deadlines ?
- Managing the transition
- How important are curriculum differences between primaries and preps - will state school children need to catch up? Is the pace v different?
- what about length of school day, range of activities etc - any difficulties adjusting?
- do you run taster days/ summer schools / camps to ease transition?
- (for Grace) what about preparing for boarding?
There will be an extended Q&A at the end of this session.