Lisburn Schools

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Lisburn Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Lisburn school in County Antrim for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's forthcoming schooling needs. Which school in Lisburn should I position my offspring? It is a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops through childhood and thus a huge effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you select a specific school from the Lisburn vicinity?

  • Sometimes it is simple if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps require to send off your child to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance 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 characteristic of the school and the closeness of the school to your home 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 generally determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Lisburn vicinity. Of course as everybody 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

  • Class 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 authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Lisburn area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will reveal how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your child is likely to attend a Lisburn Primary or Lisburn Secondary school for several years, so it is of the essence to know if a school is on the way up or down.

By a schools official reports and results is a nice initial way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's vital you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic method 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.