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Every year parents of children needing to go to a Newcastle school in County Down for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on the subject of their child's impending learning requirements. Which school in Newcastle should I position my son/daughter? It is a tough choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops through childhood and consequently a mammoth effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you select a specific school from the Newcastle vicinity?

  • From time to time it is painless if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment 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 special education needs. You might want to send your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a proportion of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain number of spaces 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 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 usual newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Newcastle area. Of course as everybody 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

  • Quality of intake to the school
  • Different 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 performance.

Ofsted is an legitimate body which writes reports on schools in the Newcastle area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will voice 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 Newcastle Primary or Newcastle Secondary school for some years, so it is significant to know if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools Ofsted reports and results is a useful opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's fundamental you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic tactic to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.