Wednesday 24 March 2010 12.08pm
I don't know the school so I can't advise. However, I am a teacher and this is the advice I always give when anyone asks me about a school: Go to the school 3 times; once in the morning, once at lunch time and once after school, and watch what goes off. How many are arriving late, are they in a hurry? If there are lots of kids; then it might indicate problems in attitude of pupils or lack of control by staff. How many pupils are leaving the premises at lunch-time? Are they allowed? If not; what does this tell you? At the end of the day, do the pupils leave in an orderly fashion? Is there a member of staff supervising? These things indicate attitude of pupils, and effective management of a school. In my opinion this is all that is important. Most secondary schools have the same curriculum and resources; some schools are in better condition than others, but it is the staff and pupils that make a school successful - or not!