Sandford Schools

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Sandford Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Sandford school in Dorset for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions in relation to their child's impending schooling requirements. Which school in Sandford should I locate my child? It's a testing judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops during childhood and for that reason a colossal consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you select a particular school from the Sandford area?

  • Every so often it is easy if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may well want to send off your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
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  • Your son/daughter attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others select a proportion of their pupils on scholarly ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a specified number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the excellence of the school and the proximity of the school to your location or work location, if it's easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the value of a school is generally determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Sandford region. Of course as everyone knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Class 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 legitimate body which writes reports on schools in the Sandford area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will voice how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your son/daughter is likely to attend a Sandford Primary or Sandford Secondary school for some years, so it is important to identify if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools official reports and results is a good early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's vital you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic route to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.