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Croydon Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Croydon school in Greater London for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's upcoming learning needs. Which school in Croydon should I put my offspring? It is a tough judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops through childhood and therefore a huge effect on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you select a unique school from the Croydon vicinity?

  • From time to time it is easy if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings before attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps need to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter 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 scholarly ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the nearness of the school to your locality or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your offspring off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is customarily determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the Croydon area. Of course as every person 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
  • 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 performance.

Ofsted is an formal body which writes reports on schools in the Croydon 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. Remember your offspring is liable to attend a Croydon Primary or Croydon Secondary school for several years, so it is of the essence to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

By a schools official reports and results is a good preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good technique to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.