North Berwick Schools

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North Berwick Schools

Every year parents of children requiring to go to a North Berwick school in East Lothian for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's upcoming education needs. Which school in North Berwick should I place my offspring? It is a tough decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops during childhood and for that reason a mammoth consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a unique school from the North Berwick area?

  • At times it is easy if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment 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 perhaps want to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your loved one.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a fraction of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a precise number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the value of a school is typically determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the North Berwick area. Of course as every person 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
  • 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 official body which writes reports on schools in the North Berwick area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will say how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your child is liable to attend a North Berwick Primary or North Berwick 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 Ofsted reports and results is a fine early 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 fantastic method to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.