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Manchester Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Manchester school in Greater Manchester for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's forthcoming schooling needs. Which school in Manchester should I place my offspring? It is a tough judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops all through childhood and therefore a huge consequence on that child as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you choose a unique school from the Manchester area?

  • On occasion it is simple if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or grown-up siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may possibly want to send your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a quantity of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school 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 nearness of the school to your locality or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

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

  • Quality 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 official body which writes reports on schools in the Manchester area as well as the rest of the UK. 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 child is expected to attend a Manchester Primary or Manchester Secondary school for quite a few years, so it is imperative to identify if a school is on the way up or down.

By a schools formal reports and results is a nice preliminary way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's fundamental you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good means to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.