Carrickfergus Schools

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Carrickfergus Schools

Every year parents of kids requiring to go to a Carrickfergus school in County Antrim for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on the subject of their child's impending schooling requirements. Which school in Carrickfergus should I place my offspring? It's a testing choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and thus a huge effect on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide upon a specific school from the Carrickfergus vicinity?

  • Sometimes it is effortless if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may possibly need to send your child to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a fraction of their pupils on academic 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 excellence of the school and the nearness of the school to your home or work location, if it is easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the class of a school is more often than not determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Carrickfergus region. Of course as everyone 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
  • 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 Carrickfergus area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will declare how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Take into account your child is likely to attend a Carrickfergus Primary or Carrickfergus Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's significant to realize if a school is improving or not.

By a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a fine early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is imperative you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a good means to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.