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6 Considerations When Choosing Schools In Hoyland

Many parents and caregivers find it difficult when choosing schools for their children. Whilst Ofsted ratings, attainment records and extra-curricular activities are some valuable criteria to think about, there are some other important factors to consider.


Below we've outlined a few additional areas you can consider to see what makes a primary school special in Hoyland.


6 considerations when choosing schools in Hoyland


1. Seeing your children happy

Your children's happiness at school is incredibly important. You need to know that your children love learning and want to learn when you leave them in the care of a school and its staff. Getting your children to the stage where they look forward to school and enjoy going to school is only half the work. The rest is being confident that wherever they go, they will receive the same support as at home. You will know when you have chosen the right school. There is no comparison between your child's happiness and any other consideration.


Above all else, most parents want happy children. As a result, it's important to look at staff's attitudes, children's dispositions, and the school's surroundings when choosing a primary school.


Throughout St Helen's curriculum, we work on positive relationships, kindness, and thoughtfulness. Children are encouraged to build friendships and to support each other as much as possible. Our curriculum is designed to engage children so they enjoy learning. The Hoyland-based school is often praised by visitors for being such a lovely, happy place!

2. The quality of teaching

Wonderful teachers are another crucial factor on this list. It is difficult to know how wonderful the teachers are if you do not have a child attending school yet. There are a wealth of resources available today to assist you in making that decision. The school's website and any videos included, plus the Ofsted website will give you a real insight into the quality of teaching at the school you choose.


There is nothing better than a talented teacher who knows their subject inside and out. St Helen's believes that teaching a subject you love means communicating your passion and love for it throughout your classroom. It is the staff's responsibility to design lessons that will inspire pupils so they will not only learn, but also enjoy it.


3. Value your values

Values matter. Parents tend to place more significance on values than academic records when choosing a primary school.


Values and character education should be one of the cornerstones of your school decision. Values should be shared and reinforced by your desired school.


Witnessing teachers' actions that promote tolerance, inclusion, and positive behaviour is powerful.


Throughout all of our efforts, St Helen's strives to embody the gospel values of Love, Family, Faith, Hope, Forgiveness, Service, Truth, and Justice. Our mission statement starts with the idea - "One family, growing together in love and faith, flourishing in an ever-changing world. We love, we believe, we shine, we achieve."

4. Supports modern life

The availability of before and after-school care may vary depending on where you live, but having access to these facilities can make modern life that extra bit easier.


There may be an after-school program or breakfast club available at your local school if you need it.


Every day, beginning at 8 a.m., we have a breakfast club. A selection of the clubs that run during the school year are after-school clubs from Mon-Thurs, including multi-sports, film club, art club, dance club, football, summer sports, and choir. This means children get access to a wide range of activities to peak their interests and inspire them in new areas.


5. Inclusivity and diversity

It is imperative that schools ensure that every child has the same opportunity to learn and achieve, no matter what their circumstances may be.


Make sure your child receives additional support in case of need and that pastoral care is provided for their physical and emotional well-being.


All children and families are welcome, regardless of their faith. During RE classes at St Helen's, students learn about a range of different religions, not only Catholicism. As part of the curriculum, we examine the cultures and beliefs of people around the world.


6. Location and size

Are you able to walk to school? Is the route busy? How easy is parking around the school? These are all questions that parents ask themselves when they think of the school that their child attends. Booking a visit is a convenient way to answer these questions and to ask more during conversations with staff. Importantly, by checking the website of your local authority, you can determine whether your home is in the catchment area for that school.


You should take into consideration the school's size and the values that it holds. In order for a child to thrive in school, it is important to consider the kind of environment in which the child will feel comfortable and happy.


At a school of this size, St Helen's offers the feeling of being part of an extended family. However, this does not necessarily mean that classes will have a small number of students and children will have the opportunity to make valuable friendships.

Choosing schools? Find the right school in Hoyland for your child

Each school offers its pupils something unique, but what suits one child might not suit another. Choosing schools based on your child's needs ensures that your child will thrive.


Come and see why St Helen’s should be on your school short-list and book a visit and speak with our inviting and friendly staff. Learn more about how we can support your child and help them grow.

One family, growing together in love and faith, flourishing in an ever-changing world. We love, we believe, we shine, we achieve.