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Cookstown Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Cookstown school in County Tyrone for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's forthcoming learning requirements. Which school in Cookstown should I situate my son/daughter? It's a testing decision 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 opt for a specific school from the Cookstown vicinity?

  • Occasionally 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 older siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps want to send off your child to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others select a percentage of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the closeness of the school to your location or work location, if it's easy to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is regularly 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 Cookstown region. Of course as everybody knows data are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Class 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 results.

Ofsted is an official body which writes reports on schools in the Cookstown area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will reveal how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Take into account your son/daughter is to be expected to attend a Cookstown Primary or Cookstown Secondary school for several years, so it's of the essence to identify if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a good early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a great way to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.