Parents may always ask: is it really necessary to do a school visit since one can get all the information from the Internet? If it’s where your child is going to study and live for the next years, then yes, of course. A school visit allows you to understand why “the school best suits the child goes beyond its ranking”.
Today, we’re going to share the story of Daniel. Daniel went to the UK for the Year 7 education. He decided to apply for Walhampton School exactly after the school visit. It was this personal visit to the school that made him almost fell in love with the prep school at a first sight, which finally helped him with the choice.
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School visit, a self-exploration and self-discovery journey
Every UK school has the up-to-standard facilities, except that each has its own disposition. Some feature activeness and liveliness, some more tranquility and mildness, while some are more of elegant and aristocratic style. These differences are demonstrated in the relation between the teacher and the student. So the disposition of a school becomes a weighing factor when the family makes the decision as to whether the school matches the child.
During the school visit, Daniel came to understand the very meaning of “match”. Because this was what he saw and felt during the trip when he took the interview with the headmaster, and when he made discussions with pupils there.
Be informed of the school’s facilities and the size
The most fundamental thing about a school visit is to know about the size, curriculum and hardware facilities of the school. You may get these information online, but a field visit is a wholly different experience.
Daniel chose St Andrew’s Prep as his first stop. The school nurtures students for Eastbourne College. He actually quite liked the school before the visit, but it’s a bit different than he previously thought.
St Andrew’s Prep
Maybe it’s due to the bad weather that day
Daniel felt the same way when he visited Millfield Prep, which, by its name, can be referred that it nurtures schools for Millfield School. The school also has a large size, so here comes the regularized management. Plus, the introduction of the school given by the guide was plain: the size, curriculum plan and hardware facilities, all information of which could be found on the internet.
Notable Alumnus Wall in Millfield Prep
But the school visit is more than that.
A deep understanding of the headmaster and the teacher
The headmasters of the UK schools know well about each of his pupils. A recommendation letter from the headmaster of the primary school is vital for successful application into the secondary school in UK. At the same time, the headmaster represents much of the school. So a right amount knowledge of the headmaster should also be acquired. School visit offers just the best way. The interview during the visit is a good opportunity for them to get to know each other.
For example, when Daniel went to St John’s Beaumont School for visit, he was asked by the headmaster, “What would you like to do the most?” and his next question was: “what would like to do the least?”.
Instead of waiting for Daniel’s answer to the second question, he changed to another topic: when you have vegetables and meat on the plate, nearly every kid favors meat because they like meat. But as we grow older, we’d choose vegetable, because we know that it’s what we need.
Behind the plain story lies a profound philosophy: we cannot only do what we like, we also need to do what we need to do. Perhaps you’re not good at it, but it would be helpful.
The school visit reflected that St John’s Beaumont School has a headmaster who is a profound thinker, and has excellent hardware facilities and teaching resources. Works of the school’s art teacher are even collected by collectors. But Daniel didn’t go to St John’s Beaumont eventually, because he thought his disposition and the atmosphere of the school didn’t agree with each other.
That is what the student could found during the trip that actually matters the most.
The school that matches him
Walhampton School was the last stop of Daniel’ s visit. It has forests and seas, overlooking the Isle of Wight, near the national forest park where inhabits many animals. The whole school has a beautiful landscape.
When Daniel arrived at the school, he jumped for joy. He loves nature and taking pictures, been to Alaska with his dad. There, he met lots of photographers and had taken pictures of bears. Besides, Daniel’s father also wants his child to study in a nature-friendly environment.
The main building of Walhampton School
Daniel and his father’s expectations perfectly matched the school’s education concept. In it has a small lake, where teachers always organize treasure hunt games for students. From time to time, the teacher may take them to the woods, reading Shakespeare under the gentle moonlight. The teaching method of the school advocates real connection to the nature world.
Daniel, without hesitation, made Walhampton his final choice. So far, Daniel has been studying there for around a month.
The small lake of the school
“Concept” may be just a concept in some ways. But schools in the UK live the concepts they hold deer in reality. You can feel them in the design of architecture, courses, atmosphere and management of the school. This is what the school visit is truly about: to allow the visitor to touch the soul of the school.