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Enjoy the next milestone in your child’s development as they progress from the Pre-School setting to Reception class. The nurturing environment of the right Infant or Junior school will develop your little one into a happy learner where their language, communication skills and abilities will rapidly transform but with so many things to consider, what should you focus on when choosing a school?

What suits the personality and interests of your child?

At The Elms, we find that our small class sizes allow for an easy transition into the school environment. The settling in process is eased through the quick formation of friendships inside and outside the classroom as well as developing bonds with the teaching and support staff.

For children with specific passions or talents, their future school needs to be well-equipped and experienced in helping like-minded children flourish in these areas, whether it be music provision, sports coaching or inspiring academic teaching.   

A broad curriculum

Take the time to review the curriculum and teaching methods used throughout the whole school journey. During Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 ensure there is emphasis across academic subjects without forgetting the importance of developing life skills and passions.

A varied curriculum also helps to develop children into well-rounded individuals, for example Drama and The Arts aid creativity and self-confidence, whist Music is the perfect outlet for self-expression.

Independent schools such as The Elms are not confined by the National Curriculum. It is used by teachers as a guide but they have the flexibility to expand on this and enhance the relevance of their subjects to further benefit and engage pupils.

Teaching staff

Your child deserves the very best education for each subject, which is why specialist teachers are an integral part of The Elms. Music, PE, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, Art, Design Technology and ICT are all taught by specialist teachers at our school, therefore  allowing children to experience the highest level of teaching and well informed support on the subject at hand from a very young age.

Site and facilities

Children need plenty of space to grow and the chance to explore the outdoors. In addition to a typical playground, enquire about additional outside activities such as Forest School provision. Most schools arrange swimming lessons for their children, at The Elms this is on-site in our indoor pool. It is important to consider the impact when schools do not have the swimming pool on-site for example additional travel time and perhaps less frequent lessons.

Before and after-school provision

The balance of work and childcare can be a stretch for busy families, some schools offer additional after-school clubs which can help with child-care. At The Elms wrap-around care provides a breakfast club from 7.30am or morning care from 8am. We also offer after school care between the hours of 3.15pm and 6.00pm where pupils can take part in enjoyable, supervised activities with their friends and trusted staff.  

 

The best choice?

The best way to get a true feel for if a school is the best choice for your child is to visit in person either at an Open Day or by arranging a personal tour. When exploring schools, make sure you tour all areas and see some classrooms in action to experience the full school-life.   

If you would like to find out more about investing in your child’s education at The Elms, please contact our Admissions Manager at hayley.grange@trentcollege.net or by calling 0115 849 4940.

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The Elms, Junior School to Trent College, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire,
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