Sidmouth Schools

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Sidmouth Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Sidmouth school in Devon for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's upcoming schooling needs. Which school in Sidmouth should I position my child? It is a tough decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops through childhood and thus a huge effect on that child as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a unique school from the Sidmouth 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 proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may perhaps need to send off your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a fraction of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a specified 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 closeness of the school to your location or work location, if it is easy to drop your child off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is ordinarily determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the Sidmouth area. Of course as everybody knows stats 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 results.

Ofsted is an formal body which writes reports on schools in the Sidmouth area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will express how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your offspring is to be expected to attend a Sidmouth Primary or Sidmouth Secondary school for a number of years, so it is imperative to identify if a school is on the way up or down.

By a schools Ofsted reports and results is a useful opening mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic system 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.