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Chester Schools

Every year parents of children requiring to go to a Chester school in Cheshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's future learning needs. Which school in Chester should I put my son/daughter? It's a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops through childhood and thus a mammoth consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you select a particular school from the Chester area?

  • Every now and then it is painless if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings before attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may possibly want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment 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 location or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your offspring off in the mornings for instance.

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 usual newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Chester vicinity. Of course as everybody 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
  • Separate 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Chester 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. Remember your son/daughter is likely to attend a Chester Primary or Chester Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's of the essence to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools official reports and results is a fine preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and drop in on the potential new school on their open day. This is a great way to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.