How to choose a school?
You are encouraged to enrol in your local school. For anyone who lives outside of our zone, after taking a tour of your local school, we would be delighted to take you on a tour of ours.
"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."
The Victorian Department of Education has a great resource to aid parents in choosing the right school for them. A link to the page is here.
In brief, it is best to consider:
- How far do you want to travel and is the school reasonably close to home or work?
- Will the school be able to cater for your child’s needs and interests?
- What facilities do they offer and are you comfortable with the ‘feel’ of the school?
- Will the teachers and the school curriculum support your child’s development, including social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs?
- Does the school’s policy on homework and discipline reflect your own values and expectations?
- Does the school work in partnership with families?
- If your child has a disability, do you live in an area where you can get support with transport?
Most children go to the government school closest to where you live but you can also choose to send your child to a:
- different government school if they have places available
- a specialist school that teaches students with additional needs, or specialises in a subject
- Catholic or independent school.
Referring to the Victorian Department of Education guide on How to Choose School, it is best to visit your local school and any others you’re considering before you enrol your child. Contact them before your child is due to start to allow time to visit a few prospective schools.
Via appointment, Bayswater South’s Principal Bret Mottrom, will provide a tour, classroom visit and information about our school.
Visit our FAQs page for some of the most common questions. While we hope these help, we encourage you to ask in person, as it may spark another question specifically about your child or expectations for learning.