Sherborne Schools

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Sherborne Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Sherborne school in Dorset 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 education needs. Which school in Sherborne should I put my son/daughter? It is a difficult choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and thus a huge effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you opt for a unique school from the Sherborne area?

  • Every now and then it is easy if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may need to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a percentage of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a precise number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the class of a school is as a rule 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 next to one another from the Sherborne area. Of course as everyone 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
  • Several Exam 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 Sherborne 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 son/daughter is likely to attend a Sherborne Primary or Sherborne Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's imperative to identify if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools sanctioned reports and results is a good opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is imperative you go and pay a visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great 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.