Friday, 15 April 2011
State vs Private School Dilemma
Belle is only 2 but with reception classes starting at 3.5 we thought it was high time we started making plans. Or perhaps it pays to delay the start of your child's schooling? (The Times)
I am a big fan of the Montessori method of learning (self-directed learning where the teacher lets the child lead the way and allows the child's true normal nature to shine and grow) but these schools are few and far between. And then even if we did manage to move house closer to one I worry about Belle going from a Montessori primary and having to adapt to an average Secondary school.
Then of course we have the classic State vs Private debate.
We have had advice left, right and centre about how we MUST get Belle into a private school because of the way state schools are heading. Teacher friends confirm this and articles in the news like this suggest it. We have the brochures for the local private school(s) and at £12-15k a year it is not cheap, and then of course you have all the extra's that come with a private school (more expensive uniform, activities, trips etc) We can afford to put Belle in a private school (just) but we also know we want more children. Can we afford to put two or even 3 in private? We're just not sure at the moment.
Perhaps it is better to move house so we are in the catchment area of a very good local primary?
Perhaps I am worrying too much and I just need to make sure I give her good home schooling too.
We are really in two minds on what to do.
What are your thoughts and/or experiences?