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Hillsborough Schools

Every year parents of children requiring to go to a Hillsborough school in County Down for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's upcoming learning needs. Which school in Hillsborough should I put my offspring? It's a difficult judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops all through childhood and as a result a huge consequence on that child as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you opt for a particular school from the Hillsborough locale?

  • Sometimes it is simple if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may perhaps need to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your offspring went to a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments decide on a proportion of their pupils on scholarly ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the characteristic of the school and the nearness of the school to your locality or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your child off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is generally determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Hillsborough vicinity. Of course as everyone knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Quality 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Hillsborough 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. Bear in mind your child is liable to attend a Hillsborough Primary or Hillsborough Secondary school for several years, so it is of the essence to realize if a school is improving or not.

By a schools sanctioned reports and results is a useful initial way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is vital you go and drop in on the potential new school on their open day. This is a good way to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.