Donaghadee Schools

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Donaghadee Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Donaghadee 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 future schooling requirements. Which school in Donaghadee should I position my offspring? It is a tough decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops during childhood and therefore a mammoth consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a unique school from the Donaghadee vicinity?

  • Sometimes it is effortless if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or older siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may need to send your child to a specialised school to look after your loved one.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments decide on a proportion of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the propinquity 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 class of a school is usually determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Donaghadee locale. 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
  • Several 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 official body which writes reports on schools in the Donaghadee area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will say how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Remember your son/daughter is likely to attend a Donaghadee Primary or Donaghadee Secondary school for several years, so it's important to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools sanctioned reports and results is a good early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's fundamental you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic route to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.