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Gretna Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Gretna school in Dumfriesshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's future learning requirements. Which school in Gretna should I situate my offspring? It is a testing choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops through childhood and thus a huge consequence on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

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

  • Every so often it is simple if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment 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 well require to send your child to a specialised school to look after your loved one.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a fraction of their pupils on scholastic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a specified number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the worth of a school is usually determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Gretna vicinity. 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

  • Class 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Gretna 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. Consider your offspring is liable to attend a Gretna Primary or Gretna Secondary school for several years, so it is important to know if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools official reports and results is a nice preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a great tactic to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.