It is quite understandable that we hope that children will ‘fulfil their potential’. As a parent, it is a comforting thought that my children will achieve as much as they possibly can, supported in this endeavour by home and by school: none of their human talents will remain dormant or even underdeveloped. Part of my job as a parent will be complete and I will demonstrably have been successful. Further reflection, however, leaves me quite uncomfortable with the idea of a prescriptive potential which may (or may not) be fulfilled.
Senior Headmaster Dr Paul Owen's Blog
One of the top three questions I am asked by prospective parents is ‘How big are the classes?’. The other two are concerned with university destinations for Sixth Form leavers and with pupils’ happiness within the school.
I talk to a huge number of prospective parents at this time of year as families ponder the choice of secondary schools for their sons and daughters to enter next September.