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Every year parents of children needing to go to a Brent school in Greater London for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's upcoming schooling requirements. Which school in Brent should I put my offspring? It's a difficult decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops throughout childhood and consequently a colossal consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

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

  • Sometimes it is simple if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may perhaps need to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a fraction of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a precise number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the class of a school is regularly determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Brent area. Of course as everyone knows data are generally flawed to some degree or other. Children's results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Condition 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 results.

Ofsted is an bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Brent area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will declare how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Consider your offspring is likely to attend a Brent Primary or Brent Secondary school for a number of years, so it's important to recognize if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a fine opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is vital you go and pay a visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic way to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.