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Portsmouth Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Portsmouth school in Hampshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions in relation to their child's future schooling requirements. Which school in Portsmouth should I locate my child? It's a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops through childhood and consequently a gigantic consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you opt for a particular school from the Portsmouth vicinity?

  • On occasion 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 elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may well want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a percentage of their pupils on scholastic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a precise number of places on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the characteristic of the school and the propinquity of the school to your locality 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 typically 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 Portsmouth area. Of course as everyone knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Condition of intake to the school
  • Several 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 Portsmouth 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. Bear in mind your son/daughter is to be expected to attend a Portsmouth Primary or Portsmouth Secondary school for a number of years, so it's significant to identify if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a decent opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's vital you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good route to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.