Harpenden Schools

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Harpenden Schools

Each year parents of kids requiring to go to a Harpenden school in Hertfordshire 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 impending education needs. Which school in Harpenden should I position my offspring? It's a difficult judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot 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 decide upon a specific school from the Harpenden vicinity?

  • At times it is effortless if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may possibly want to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a fraction of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a precise number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the excellence of a school is more often than not 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 alongside one another from the Harpenden locale. Of course as everybody 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

  • Quality of intake to the school
  • Separate 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 Harpenden area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will reveal how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Remember your child is likely to attend a Harpenden Primary or Harpenden Secondary school for some years, so it is important to identify if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools official reports and results is a nice initial mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's 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 ethos and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.