Downpatrick Schools

Church | Parking

Downpatrick Schools

Every year parents of kids requiring to go to a Downpatrick school in County Down for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions in relation to their child's future education needs. Which school in Downpatrick should I situate my offspring? It's a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops throughout childhood and therefore a gigantic effect on that child as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you choose a particular school from the Downpatrick area?

  • Now and then it is easy if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You might need to send off your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a proportion of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a precise number of places on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the nearness of the school to your home or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is as a rule 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 alongside one another from the Downpatrick vicinity. Of course as everyone knows statistics are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Downpatrick 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. Remember your son/daughter is expected to attend a Downpatrick Primary or Downpatrick Secondary school for several years, so it is imperative to identify if a school is improving or not.

By a schools official reports and results is a fine initial way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a good tactic 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.