Banbridge Schools

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Banbridge Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Banbridge school in County Down for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's impending education needs. Which school in Banbridge should I place my offspring? It is a difficult decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops through childhood and thus a huge effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you choose a specific school from the Banbridge area?

  • Sometimes 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 in the past attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may perhaps need to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your offspring went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a percentage of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (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 characteristic of the school and the propinquity of the school to your location or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is generally determined by results which are available 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 Banbridge locale. Of course as everyone knows stats 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
  • Several 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Banbridge area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will disclose how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your offspring is liable to attend a Banbridge Primary or Banbridge Secondary school for some years, so it's of the essence to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools sanctioned reports and results is a nice preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's fundamental you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great technique to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.