SmithsFan wrote: »
Just looking for views or thoughts on this.
There's skin & hair flying in the house over the choice of schools for our soon to be 5 year old. It's either an ETNS or a traditional Catholic School. Both are 2 minutes walk from the house & relatively new.
I'm advocating ETNS because of the ethos, what I think is a broader approach to things like religion, diversity etc. Some people describe this as "airy fairy".
My wife wants the Catholic School due to:
1. The uniform
2. Communion & confirmation
3. Our son "knows" one kid already attending (he's met him maybe 5 times!)
1. The uniform still needs to be bought, washed, repaired & replaced. Largely due to Covid getting our son dressed can be a challenge at the best of times. If he doesn't like the uniform, that could be even more challenging. I said we could buy plain inexpensive clothes that would serve as a uniform of sorts for the ETNS (tracksuits etc)
2. They can obviously still make communion & confirmation, it just needs a little more work and commitment.
3. There's 2 classes so he may not even be in the same class. Even then, they may not become friends.
Starting school is about making new friends as well.
There is also a local kid starting in the Catholic School who's older brother is already there, maybe 2 classes ahead. For whatever reason our son just won't go out and play with them anymore Let's call them Cheech & Chong. I don't know what's happened but he refuses to go out with the other 5 or something kids on the road because of these 2 lads. It might be nothing. But my fear is he'll be seeing Cheech & Chong every day, maybe not in class but definitely in the playground. And if whatever issue he has isn't resolved, he'll have the 2 of them to contend with, one of them being the older brother.
This may be nothing. But we are sending him to an environment where there is already a potential problem. I know personality clashes can happen anywhere at any time in a child's life. But this is one we're already conscious of.
Are my fears and reservations about the Catholic School & the scenario unreasonable?
jlm29 wrote: »
Look at the opening hours too, and consider these carefully if you both work. I can drop my kids at 8.45 and go to work, while my nephew is in a school where they only open the gates at ten past nine, so his parents either have to drop him to someone else to take him to school or be late for work.
I would disagree a small bit with people who say not to consider the uniform- if everything else is equal, and you’re happy with both schools for all the other (more important) reasons, then I would take it into account. I have a child who is particular about what he wears, and it does make life a lot easier when there’s no rows about school clothes in the morning