Plymouth headteacher encourages parents to shop around for their child's education
A HEADTEACHER has said it is "absurd" that many parents do not shop around when it comes to their child's education.
Colin Doctor, headteacher of the new Sparkwell All Saints Primary School, was speaking as he prepared to welcome prospective parents to attend an open evening at the school.
The primary school will receive its first intake of pupils in September and has already filled its reception class.
Year 1 and 2 places are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.
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Unlike many schools, All Saints will not be bound to taking children from a set catchment area.
That means it is competing with existing primaries as it bids to attract pupils.
Mr Doctor said: "It's strange that as a nation we are diligent about reviewing our requirements when it comes to car insurance, electricity suppliers and banks, but we tend to find a good school for our children and then leave them there for seven years. It's absurd.
"As a child grows up and changes, their learning requirements, their personality and their interests change too.
"We spend a long time considering our child's nursery and first school, but who's to say it's the right school for them a year or so later?"