Portishead Schools

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Portishead Schools

Every year parents of kids requiring to go to a Portishead school in Avon for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's upcoming education requirements. Which school in Portishead should I situate my son/daughter? It is a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops through childhood and thus a huge effect on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide on a unique school from the Portishead region?

  • At times it is painless if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps need to send off your offspring to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child went to a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a fraction of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the characteristic of the school and the nearness of the school to your locality or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your child off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the class of a school is commonly determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Portishead area. Of course as everyone knows data are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Condition of intake to the school
  • Different Exam 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 results.

Ofsted is an formal body which writes reports on schools in the Portishead area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will reveal how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your son/daughter is likely to attend a Portishead Primary or Portishead Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's important to know if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a nice preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good means to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.