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Derby Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Derby school in Derbyshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's impending education needs. Which school in Derby should I locate my offspring? It is a testing judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops throughout childhood and for that reason a mammoth consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you select a particular school from the Derby locale?

  • On occasion it is easy if your child 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 nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may want to send off your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others select a fraction of their pupils on scholastic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school awards a precise 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 proximity of the school to your locality or work location, if it is easy to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is more often than not determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Derby area. Of course as everyone 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
  • 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 official body which writes reports on schools in the Derby area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will voice how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your child is to be expected to attend a Derby Primary or Derby Secondary school for a number of years, so it is important to know if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools Ofsted reports and results is a useful preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's most important you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a great method to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.