Ballyclare Schools

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Ballyclare Schools

Every year parents of kids requiring to go to a Ballyclare 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 education needs. Which school in Ballyclare should I position my son/daughter? It's a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops through childhood and consequently a mammoth consequence on that child as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide on a specific school from the Ballyclare locale?

  • Every now and then it is easy 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 location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may require to send off your child to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a percentage of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a precise 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 location or work location, if it is easy to drop your child off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is mostly 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 Ballyclare area. Of course as everybody knows data 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
  • Different 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Ballyclare area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. 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 likely to attend a Ballyclare Primary or Ballyclare Secondary school for several years, so it's imperative to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

By a schools sanctioned reports and results is a nice initial mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's vital you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great means to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.