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Belfast Schools

Every year parents of children needing to go to a Belfast 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 future learning needs. Which school in Belfast should I position my offspring? It's a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and as a result a huge effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

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

  • Every now and then it is straightforward if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You might require to send off your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a proportion of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain 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 proximity of the school to your home or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is more often than not determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Belfast 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

  • 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 results.

Ofsted is an formal body which writes reports on schools in the Belfast area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will express how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your son/daughter is to be expected to attend a Belfast Primary or Belfast Secondary school for quite a few years, so it is significant to know if a school is improving or not.

By a schools formal reports and results is a decent preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is vital you go and pay a visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic means to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.