We are just a few days away from finding out the long awaited school results. It seems just yesterday that we moved into our new house and we began to look around primary schools for Alfie. I can't quite believe that he will soon be starting school! He is still my little boy, part of me wants to keep him at home (well at least when I'm off work!) and it will feel very odd when he's out of the house 5 days a week.
I was never overly anxious or nervous when we did his application, I was of the opinion that what will be will be but now I'm getting a little twitchy. Only because deep down I know I'd love for him to get into the little village school 3 miles down the road.
The schools around where we live haven't got the best reputation, although the primary schools are better than the secondary so we had to be sure to the 3 that we applied to. We visited all 3 and each had pro's and cons but in fact we liked them all. Our first choice as I mentioned is a gorgeous little village school, just what I could imagine Alfie going to, not too big but still with modern technologies and a really nice feel to it. We were shown around by 3 of the children that attend their and they were so well spoken, very polite and it was clear they had alot of passion for the school. My only worry about this school is that it is a CofE school and both myself and my husband are not religious, however this was not one of the criteria so I remain hopeful that he gets into here. The other problem is that we are not technically in catchment for it is dependant on how many other parent apply for places, I know that they do have children from out of catchment so that's a positive sign.
The 2nd choice school is in our catchment area so I expect that he might get in here (I am trying to remain positive for the 1st choice but who knows!). I won't be overly disappointed with this school if we get a place here but I just didn't get the same feeling as with our first choice. I did however get alot of enthusiasm from the headmaster as he showed us around and it did have alot of plus points and it is closer to us so I have to look at that as a positive.
Our third and final choice is a school that is right next to Alfie's nursery, great for convenience as Elarna will continue to attend nursery here while Alfie is at school. I have to admit when we looked around it we really liked it and probably would have chosen it as our 2nd choice had the headmaster not told us that if we're not in catchment area then we are very unlikely to not get a place there. To be fair it is right next to a huge housing estate so that doesn't surprise me at all. The headmaster at this school was so enthusiastic and we felt that he was doing a brilliant job for the children at this school, we really liked their ethos about things too but I feel that we won't stand a chance getting in this school. However there was no point in not wasting a choice so we put this as the 3rd.
I kind of just want to know now, the results are available on April 18th at 12:30am so I might just have to log on then to find out. I want to start talking more to Alfie about it, I want to start to help him transition into the new environment and to do that we need to talk about the school, show him it and gently get him used to the idea of being a big boy and being in another new environment. I think he'll be fine, I imagine it will be daunting and a tad rocky at first but he is ready for it and he's going to love learning more and making new friends.
It still doesn't seem possible that I'm Mum to a nearly 4 year old and that he'll be at school come September, eeek!