It is best to begin your search by establishing your requirements. The advantage that an independent school education offers is that it provides more than a one size fits all solution to a child. If the independent sector of education stands for anything, it stands for choice. Most schools will be concerned to offer a rounded education but obviously some will focus their attention on certain elements of that education more than others.
The challenge is to find a school that suits you and your child's own requirements. They will be personal and will depend on which factors you deem most important in choosing the right school for your son or daughter. They will be different for everyone depending on you and your child's own personal circumstances and the qualities you value and consider most important in a school for your own child.
For a list of criteria you might consider when thinking about a school for your child please click here
Creating a shortlist can be a cumbersome and protracted process but the isbi website, www.isbi.com, allows you to use over 30 search fields enabling you to rapidly identify appropriate schools, inspect their details on screen and save them to view later. Obviously our website cannot select the best independent school for your child – that has to be a personal choice – but it will certainly help to make your search easier. See our list of Selection criteria above to help you to develop your shortlist in conjunction with the information you obtain from your search on www.isbi.com
The business of visiting schools is an education in itself for you
and your child, in sorting out in your own mind, just what the important
factors for you are. While visiting schools these factors will change
in relative importance and all the while you will be considering whether
this particular school has what it takes to make your child happy,
comfortable and keen to learn.
To help you during your visit we have developed a visits checklist. Login to our member's area to download free checklists for school shortlisting and school visits.
Make your decision based on your visits and how each school has impressed you (use our visits checklist to help inform your decision). Ultimately it will be a very personal decision for both you and your child and will be made on the basis of both objective and subjective factors. Ultimately it must feel like the right choice for your child.
course, if you are searching for a special school the choice will often
be led by the psychologists and SEN placement officers of the local
authority that are funding the school fees and other costs. However,
since the changes made in September 2014 parents have a greater choice
in the decisions, so whether the decision is one that you will make
yourself, or one that will be made with the help of the local authority,
you can use the information on isbi to access information about what
schools are available, both day and residential schools and what they say they offer the pupil with