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Antrim Schools

Every year parents of kids requiring to go to a Antrim school in County Antrim for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's upcoming schooling requirements. Which school in Antrim should I put my son/daughter? It is a testing judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops throughout childhood and thus a huge effect on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a particular school from the Antrim area?

  • Every now and then it is effortless if your son/daughter 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 nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a fraction of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain number of places on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the closeness of the school to your home or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is as a rule 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 alongside one another from the Antrim vicinity. 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

  • 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 performance.

Ofsted is an bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Antrim 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. Take into account your son/daughter is to be expected to attend a Antrim Primary or Antrim Secondary school for a number of years, so it is important to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a decent preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and go to see 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 permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.