Ashburton Schools

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Ashburton Schools

Every year parents of kids requiring to go to a Ashburton school in Devon for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's upcoming schooling requirements. Which school in Ashburton should I situate my child? It is a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and for that reason a mammoth consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide on a specific school from the Ashburton region?

  • Every now and then it is simple if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings before attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You might want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the characteristic of the school and the nearness of the school to your location or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the value of a school is by and large 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 against one another from the Ashburton region. Of course as everybody knows data 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 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 authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Ashburton area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will express how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Consider your offspring is likely to attend a Ashburton Primary or Ashburton Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's imperative to identify if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools Ofsted reports and results is a useful early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a good technique 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.