*This is a collaborative post
It’s been an interesting (read exhausting) couple of weeks getting ourselves into our new routine for pre-school. Olly is attending a local school which has a pre-school attached and so we are very much getting into the swing of the school run, ironing school uniform and packing school bags. Being a Mum with a child at school is huge new territory so I feel like I’m learning all the ropes and trying to find out how we fit into this huge big new world.
As with all things school related, I’ve recently been introduced to School Reviewer; a website that has the lowdown on all the local schools in your area with contact details, links to Ofsted reports and much, much more. If you’re new to the whole school scene like I am, then this is the website for you.
It has a huge database full of all the schools in the UK so you can enter your location or postcode and a map will appear with all the local schools in your area. The search results can also be filtered for more specific results, e.g pre-school, establishment type and gender.
Once you have selected a school to have a look at, you can find out all their contact details, how the school got on in their latest Ofsted review and there’s also the ability to look at how the school catchment area works.
This has been really insightful for us as we’re currently in the process of applying for Olly’s school place for 2017/2018 and the school catchment area has been one of my main concerns. The heat map indicates how many children in the coloured area have been selected to attend the school with red being many, yellow being some, green being few.
As well as the information about the school there’s also a parent forum for each one so once you’re logged in (registration is free) you can chat to other parents with children at that school. There’s also a buy and sell forum which is a great way of passing on ‘grown out of but in excellent nic’ shoes and branded uniform. A fantastic alternative to selling groups and you could even make the exchange on the playground.
There’s other facilities on School Reviewer which make the website a really useful resource for parents including a ‘Parents Guide for Social Media’, downloadable videos for GCSE maths, SATS and 11+ papers as well as access to tutors in your local area.
But don’t just take my word for it, just last week, Barroness Karren Brady, CBE has endorsed School Reviewer as “a great idea that is superbly delivered.”