Chapter 1: Simple steps to finding a new school

Moving can be particularly complicated, especially when you get used to living in one place. School admissions suddenly seem all the more daunting when you start to consider the following:• Can I get a school place at any point in the year?
• Will the school be right for my child?
• How can I ensure their education is not disrupted?

These worries are understandable, but with the right guidance, no parent needs to worry about their child’s academic career.These steps will help make the relocating process as hassle-free as possible.


1) Know your facts

Before you make any big decisions, you need to research the schools around your area and make sure they are willing to take on your child.

If you can, take a few months to prepare and look around. Most local schools are oversubscribed, but if you start looking far in advance you will most likely be able to get them in at some point.

Be aware- until you have a new address, most schools will not even consider your application. This means that finding a new school is risky business, which is why you should start looking well ahead of time.

If you have more than one child, focus on getting the older one into the school first. In this way, the moment they are offered a place, the younger child will usually get one too due to sibling policy.

At independent schools, your child will probably have to do an admissions test, even if they are joining halfway through the year. Usually, their school should have prepared them well enough. If you are worried, there’s no harm into looking into our Private Tutoring Service for some extra help.


2) Don’t stress

Regardless of how your child feels about it, they will eventually settle into school. Many people will try and relocate at a time where the school change doesn’t matter as much (i.e. at the end of Year 6, going into Year 7), but don’t fret if this isn’t possible.

All new children will be given the resources to settle in from the moment they set foot in their new school, and you can always go in for a meeting prior to this to make sure that your child is supported when they begin their new lessons.

It is most likely that you will feel more anxious than your child, so just try and trust the process. Your child will find their feet eventually!


3) Stop worrying about the side effects

Naturally, a move will be difficult for everyone involved, but you must stop yourself from predicting the worst possible outcome.

Of course, changing schools may mean your child has a shaky start, but this will not continue for more than a few weeks. Getting used to a new environment will probably be more beneficial than disorientating, as they will be out of their comfort zone.

Regardless of what age your child is relocating, there will not be any long term effects on their studies.

If this is something that you are concerned about, it could be helpful to hire a Private Tutor to help them bridge the gap between their old and new environments. This way they will not miss out on any learning!