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Ringwood Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Ringwood 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 Ringwood should I locate my offspring? It is a difficult judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops all through childhood and thus a massive consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you choose a particular school from the Ringwood locale?

  • At times it is effortless if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or older siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your loved one.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a percentage of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a specified number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is generally determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Ringwood region. Of course as everyone 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
  • Different 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 formal body which writes reports on schools in the Ringwood 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. Remember your child is likely to attend a Ringwood Primary or Ringwood Secondary school for quite a few years, so it is important to know if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a fine preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's very important you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a great method to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.