Barnstaple Schools

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Barnstaple Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Barnstaple school in Devon for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's upcoming schooling needs. Which school in Barnstaple should I put my offspring? It is a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops throughout childhood and as a result a mammoth effect on that child as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a specific school from the Barnstaple area?

  • Now and then it is straightforward if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may possibly want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a percentage of their pupils on scholastic 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 excellence of the school and the nearness of the school to your locality or work location, if it is easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is as a rule 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 Barnstaple region. Of course as every person knows statistics 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
  • Several 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Barnstaple 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 liable to attend a Barnstaple Primary or Barnstaple Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's important to identify if a school is improving or not.

By a schools official reports and results is a fine preliminary way 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 method to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.