Cairndow Schools

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Cairndow Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Cairndow school in Argyll for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions in relation to their child's forthcoming education requirements. Which school in Cairndow should I put my child? It is a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops all through childhood and thus a gigantic consequence on that child as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you select a unique school from the Cairndow region?

  • At times it is simple if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings before attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You might need to send off your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments choose a proportion of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the excellence of the school and the closeness of the school to your home or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is customarily determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the Cairndow region. Of course as every person knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Children's results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Quality of intake to the school
  • Several Examination boards
  • Expulsions to school
  • Quality of Teaching
  • Type of School
  • Social impact of surrounding area
  • Over/Under subscribed

So there are in fact lots of variables that can increase/decrease a schools performance.

Ofsted is an formal body which writes reports on schools in the Cairndow area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will voice how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Remember your offspring is to be expected to attend a Cairndow Primary or Cairndow Secondary school for some years, so it's of the essence to identify if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a good opening mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good system to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.