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Loughton Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Loughton school in Essex for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's upcoming schooling needs. Which school in Loughton should I place my offspring? It's a difficult decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops during childhood and for that reason a huge consequence on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

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

  • From time to time it is effortless if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings before attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may possibly want to send off your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a percentage of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a specified number of places on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality 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 mostly 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 against one another from the Loughton vicinity. Of course as every person knows statistics 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 authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Loughton area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will disclose how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Take into account your offspring is to be expected to attend a Loughton Primary or Loughton Secondary school for a number of years, so it is important to recognize if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a good initial mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a good way to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.