Portstewart Schools

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Portstewart Schools

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

So how do you choose a particular school from the Portstewart vicinity?

  • At times 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 earlier attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may well need to send off your child to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a fraction of their pupils on scholastic 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 characteristic of the school and the proximity of the school to your location or work location, if it's easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the class of a school is as a rule 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 next to one another from the Portstewart 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

  • 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 performance.

Ofsted is an official body which writes reports on schools in the Portstewart area as well as the rest of the UK. 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 Portstewart Primary or Portstewart Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's imperative to know if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools sanctioned reports and results is a good preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic route to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.