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Cookham Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Cookham school in Berkshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's impending education requirements. Which school in Cookham should I position my offspring? It's a difficult judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops during childhood and as a result a huge consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you choose a specific school from the Cookham area?

  • On occasion it is straightforward if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or grown-up siblings earlier 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 cater for your loved one.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your offspring attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others select a proportion of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a precise 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's straightforward to drop your child off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is generally determined by results which are available 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 Cookham area. Of course as everyone 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

  • Quality of intake to the school
  • Separate 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 authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Cookham area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will declare how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Remember your child is to be expected to attend a Cookham Primary or Cookham Secondary school for a number of years, so it is important to realize if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a nice early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and drop in on 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.