Our family relocated to UK during Christmas time in 2018. My daughter went to a local community school with a Ofsted Good rating in St. Johns wood area for her primary education from Jan 2019. The school was very supportive during Covid 19 lock down with online homework and later on moved to TEAMS class. She did not attend any extra English class but keeps learning piano via private tutoring.
In March 2020, I started to get serious about her secondary school admission process.
There are different schools type you can find with the link below:
In this article, I would like to share my personal experience as a parents for children who speaks English as a second language but manged to get in the school she love.
Which school to apply?
I went for the rules to apply:
The preparation for admission test:
We need to buffer 2-3 assessment per school and check out the exam and interview time.
Result for admission:
At first my daughter got into an good school and was on waiting list for music aptitude excellent school. We accepted the good school first but keep her on the waiting list for the other. After 1-2 months, I received a phone call from local council if she would like to go for the aptitude school. The staff told me if she accepted the position, she will be the first one live so far out of the zone in the last 14 years she had been working with the council. I was so excited and cannot believe it was true and ask her to send me an email after thank you her.
After school starts:
My daughter and one of the other smartest girl in her primary school got into the same secondary school. I told her she is very fortunately to study with the smartest girl who run out of books to ready in the local library. They soon became closer than before. She also met a new friend who lives far but got in with the music aptitude test. Apparently her mother is a music teacher. This smart girl can play three instruments with Grade 8 in Piano.
My daughter loves design technology club, trampolining club, skateboarding in PE. Skipping her classes to attend drum and piano tutoring in her school. I think she is a much happier girl after all the hard work to get into the school as her first choice.