Castlederg Schools

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Castlederg Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Castlederg school in County Tyrone for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's upcoming schooling requirements. Which school in Castlederg should I situate my son/daughter? It is a tough judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops through childhood and for that reason a huge effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

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

  • At times it is simple if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You might want to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments choose a fraction of their pupils on intellectual 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 excellence of the school and the nearness of the school to your home or work location, if it's easy to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is ordinarily determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Castlederg vicinity. Of course as everyone knows data 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 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 Castlederg 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 child is likely to attend a Castlederg Primary or Castlederg Secondary school for a number of years, so it is important to realize if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools Ofsted reports and results is a useful preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a good way to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.