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Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Southampton 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 forthcoming learning requirements. Which school in Southampton should I put my child? It is a testing choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops through childhood and therefore a gigantic effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you choose a unique school from the Southampton region?

  • Every now and then it is easy if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or older siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may perhaps need to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments decide on a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the establishment awards a specified number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the worth of a school is frequently determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Southampton region. Of course as everyone knows data 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
  • 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 results.

Ofsted is an bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Southampton 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 expected to attend a Southampton Primary or Southampton Secondary school for some years, so it's imperative to know if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools Ofsted reports and results is a decent early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's vital you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a great tactic to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.