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Dunstable Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Dunstable school in Bedfordshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's impending learning needs. Which school in Dunstable should I put my offspring? It is a tough judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops through childhood and thus a huge effect on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you choose a unique school from the Dunstable region?

  • Sometimes it is straightforward if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may well need to send your child to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your offspring went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a proportion of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school 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 nearness of the school to your locality or work location, if it is easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is usually determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Dunstable vicinity. Of course as everybody knows statistics are generally flawed to some degree or other. Children's results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Class 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 results.

Ofsted is an formal body which writes reports on schools in the Dunstable area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will voice how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Consider your offspring is liable to attend a Dunstable Primary or Dunstable Secondary school for some years, so it is imperative to realize if a school is improving or not.

By a schools sanctioned reports and results is a useful early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is vital you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a good way to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.