It's such a difficult time - was so much easier when we were told which school we were going to and that was it, no decision to make.
Having gone through it for both primary and recently secondary, I would say go with your gut feeling and impressions when you visit the various schools. I wouldn't take a lot of notice of the Ofsted reports, particularly if it's a good one because I think that some schools are good at playing the system, especially when they are warned in advance of the visit.
Don't underestimate the distance issue - when you're trying to juggle work, siblings and after school clubs, a local school is a godsend.
On the academic side, I think that with great parental support a child can do very well, even if the school is not so strong in that area. My youngest was very happy at his junior school, they weren't so great academically as I would have liked but with extra support from home he achieved very high marks in his SATS when he left.
Hope your search goes well.
I also think that working for yourself as a Mum gives you greater flexibility with the children. I have friends who had high flying jobs but which aren't child friendly. Many have had to give their jobs up. We are the lucky ones who can have both. Like many, I fell into a career in accountancy but with hindsight it was a good choice.
Out of the blue?
I was just thinking the same thing, I can't remember ever reading anything or being asked our opinions on this subject. Often jobs state CCAB qualification and so if we now fall out of that group are we considered a lesser body? Will be interesting to see if any other accounting bodies follow CIMAs move and drop out.
Business Advice Open Day
We enjoyed a very informative day out last week. The seminars were fairly basic however the day is geared at general business owners rather than just accountants.
I managed to grab lots of leaflets and found the VAT stand in the exhibition to be particularly helpful with the questions I had. We also had a long chat with the Agency Account Managers - they were very informative and open about the questions we asked - they were not scary at all!
I am now looking foward to the Employer Talk in April in Birmingham.
Tonight though, I am looking forward to seeing Rebecca Bennyworth at our local ICAEW seminar. For anyone in the Worcestershire area the series of seminars are excellent value for money for 8 seminars ( as a start up, cost is important to me!). I am CIMA qualified but they don't seem to mind me gate crashing!