19th September 2018
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BBC News details eight things to look for when attending school open days.
It's that time of the year when secondary schools freshen up their display boards, pick out their best-behaved kids and prepare for open evenings.
But how can parents get beyond the glossy prospectuses and slick presentations and decide whether this is the school for their child?
1. Quiz those hand-picked pupils who show you around
2. Ask to go to the toilet
3. Bring your child to the open evening/day
4. Listen to the head teacher's speech
5. And then ask tough questions
6. Take a good look at the teachers
7. Visit the school again - at home-time
8. Write the deadline date on your calendar
Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41469041
Ipswich High School welcomes boys for the first time
A private girls’ school welcomed boys across the school for the first time earlier this month.
Boys have joined Ipswich High School (previously Ipswich High School for Girls) throughout the Prep School and Sixth Form, as the establishment moves towards becoming coeducational via the ‘diamond' model of education.
This approach is unique in Suffolk and offered at a small number of schools throughout the UK. Girls and boys are taught together in early years education, separately taught throughout their teenage years, and brought back together again in sixth form. Appreciating that girls and boys learn differently, the model provides the opportunity to combine the academic benefits of single-sex education with the social advantages of coeducation.
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