Dagenham Schools

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Dagenham Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Dagenham 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 forthcoming education needs. Which school in Dagenham should I place my child? It's a difficult judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and thus a huge effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you opt for a particular school from the Dagenham region?

  • Every now and then it is easy if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school 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 perhaps need to send off your child to a specialised school to look after your loved one.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a fraction of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a specified number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the proximity of the school to your home or work location, if it is easy to drop your child off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is commonly determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the Dagenham vicinity. Of course as everybody 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
  • Separate 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 performance.

Ofsted is an official body which writes reports on schools in the Dagenham area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will voice how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your son/daughter is likely to attend a Dagenham Primary or Dagenham Secondary school for a number of years, so it's important to recognize if a school is improving or not.

By a schools formal reports and results is a good early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and drop in on the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic method to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.