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Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Barnet school in Greater London for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's future education needs. Which school in Barnet should I place my offspring? It is a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops during childhood and for that reason a massive consequence on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide upon a particular school from the Barnet locale?

  • On occasion it is easy if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or grown-up siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your location 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 cater for your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a proportion of their pupils on scholarly 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 nearness of the school to your home or work location, if it's easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is mostly determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the Barnet area. 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
  • Different 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 official body which writes reports on schools in the Barnet 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. Consider your offspring is to be expected to attend a Barnet Primary or Barnet Secondary school for quite a few years, so it is of the essence to identify if a school is improving or not.

By a schools Ofsted reports and results is a nice opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's very important you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic route 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.