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Totnes Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Totnes school in Devon for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's upcoming schooling needs. Which school in Totnes should I situate my son/daughter? It is a testing choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops during childhood and thus a colossal effect on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you choose a specific school from the Totnes area?

  • At times it is effortless if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You might need to send off your child to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a percentage of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the characteristic of the school and the propinquity of the school to your home or work location, if it is easy to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the worth of a school is frequently determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Totnes area. Of course as every person 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
  • 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 performance.

Ofsted is an bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Totnes area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. 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 offspring is liable to attend a Totnes Primary or Totnes Secondary school for some years, so it's of the essence to know if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools official reports and results is a decent preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a great system to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.