Common Entrance Results day is fast approaching.
Having just read the impressive list of senior school scholarships achieved by Aysgarth, our local prep school, it reminded me that the coming days will see a buzz of excitement amongst prep school leavers, with news of Common Entrance results for most, leading to a confirmed place at their chosen senior school.
Sighs of relief will quickly turn to excitement as the summer holidays approach and then gradually thoughts turn to the challenges of making a new start, as they move on to their future school.

Here are 10 tips to prepare your child over the summer, so they are ready to hit the ground running in the larger, more independent, hectic environment at senior school.

1. Keep their brain ticking over with reading books from the local library, visits to art galleries and museums, doing puzzles, playing scrabble, subscribing to online maths programmes etc.

2. Review joining information now. Return forms in plenty of time. There may be first-come-first-served timetabling choices to make, such as which extra language or musical instrument to take up or booking in a mouthguard fitting.

3. Run through the pupil handbook together to establish daily routine and rules. Getting into trouble in the first few weeks will be a set-back in the settling in process.

4. Look over the extra-curricular programme, discussing which have most appeal. Planning school runs and other family commitments will be easier if you have an idea of when school commitments might be.

5. Request email and phone numbers are circulated amongst form or house groups. Make contact with other families to arrange joint activities over the summer. Starting a new school alongside familiar faces is far less daunting.

6. Gradually increase independence, for example catching the bus to the local shopping centre to meet friends for a couple of hours.

7. Be firm on time-keeping and give advice about keeping themselves and valuables safe. Encourage your child to act responsibly and solve problems themselves.

8. If boarding for the first time, practise housekeeping skills such as keeping a tidy bedroom, keeping track of possessions, changing a duvet cover and putting clothes into the laundry daily.

9. Buy new uniform as soon as is practical, bearing in mind summer growth spurts. Leaving this until the last week of the holiday means items are more likely to be out of stock and the shops will be insanely busy with those doing everything at the last-minute. Name everything clearly and securely, including techy gadgets, chargers, trainers and in particular sports kit, which often tends to disappear.

10. If starting a new sport such as lacrosse, hockey or rugby, book a pre-season summer course to get to grips with some of the skills before term starts. This will boost confidence and give them a head-start in September.

If results haven’t gone to plan, your first port of call will always be your prep school head. However, if you’d also like some independent advice on what to do next, please contact us to speak with one of our expert education consultants.

As well as supporting parents with choosing the right school solution for their family, we support the children themselves through interview preparation and practise interviews for senior school, as well as termly mentoring towards achieving academic and other goals.

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updated June 2019