Earlston Schools

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Earlston Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Earlston school in Berwickshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's future schooling needs. Which school in Earlston should I place my son/daughter? It's a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops throughout childhood and consequently a mammoth effect on that offspring as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you decide upon a specific school from the Earlston area?

  • From time to time it is easy if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings before attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You might want to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a proportion of their pupils on scholarly ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the nearness of the school to your home or work location, if it's easy to drop your child off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is generally 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 against one another from the Earlston region. Of course as everybody knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Class of intake to the school
  • Several 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 performance.

Ofsted is an legitimate body which writes reports on schools in the Earlston 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 child is expected to attend a Earlston Primary or Earlston Secondary school for some 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 useful early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's most important you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good tactic to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.