Castlewellan Schools

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Castlewellan Schools

Each year parents of kids requiring to go to a Castlewellan school in County Down for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's impending learning needs. Which school in Castlewellan should I locate my offspring? It is a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops throughout childhood and thus a gigantic effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you decide upon a specific school from the Castlewellan region?

  • On occasion it is straightforward if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may possibly want to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a percentage of their pupils on scholarly 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 closeness of the school to your locality 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 regularly 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 alongside one another from the Castlewellan area. Of course as everyone knows data 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
  • Separate 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 authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Castlewellan 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. Bear in mind your child is expected to attend a Castlewellan Primary or Castlewellan Secondary school for a number of years, so it's important to know if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools bureaucrat 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 the potential new school on their open day. This is a good route 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.