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Dorchester Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Dorchester school in Dorset for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's impending schooling needs. Which school in Dorchester should I put my child? It is a difficult choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops during childhood and thus a massive consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you opt for a specific school from the Dorchester area?

  • Every so often it is straightforward if your child 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 location to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may need to send off your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a fraction of their pupils on scholarly ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school awards a specified number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is regularly determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Dorchester locale. Of course as every person 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
  • 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 results.

Ofsted is an authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Dorchester area as well as the rest of the UK. 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 child is liable to attend a Dorchester Primary or Dorchester Secondary school for a number of years, so it is of the essence to recognize if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a nice preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's very important you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a great means 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.