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St. Andrews Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a St. Andrews school in Fife for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions in relation to their child's upcoming education needs. Which school in St. Andrews should I position my child? It's a difficult decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops through childhood and for that reason a gigantic consequence on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide on a unique school from the St. Andrews locale?

  • Every now and then it is effortless if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You might want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others select a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school 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 closeness of the school to your location or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the class of a school is mostly determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the St. Andrews locale. Of course as everybody knows statistics 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 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 formal body which writes reports on schools in the St. Andrews 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 offspring is liable to attend a St. Andrews Primary or St. Andrews Secondary school for a number of years, so it is important to identify if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a decent opening mode 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 good system to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.