Sturminster Newton Schools

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Sturminster Newton Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Sturminster Newton school in Dorset for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's impending schooling needs. Which school in Sturminster Newton should I situate my offspring? It is a hard judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops during childhood and for that reason a mammoth consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a particular school from the Sturminster Newton region?

  • On occasion it is simple if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your proximity 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 child went to a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a fraction of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or audition (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 characteristic of the school and the proximity of the school to your home or work location, if it's easy to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is more often than not 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 alongside one another from the Sturminster Newton region. 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

  • Class 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 formal body which writes reports on schools in the Sturminster Newton 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. Remember your child is expected to attend a Sturminster Newton Primary or Sturminster Newton Secondary school for a number of years, so it is of the essence to identify if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a fine early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is fundamental you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great tactic 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.