St. Albans Schools

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St. Albans Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a St. Albans school in Hertfordshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's future learning needs. Which school in St. Albans should I situate my child? It is a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops throughout childhood and thus a huge consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you opt for a specific school from the St. Albans locale?

  • Every now and then it is easy if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or elder siblings before attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may well require to send your child to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child went to a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments choose a percentage of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school 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 nearness of the school to your home or work location, if it's easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is ordinarily determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the St. Albans locale. Of course as everyone knows data are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Quality of intake to the school
  • Separate 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 official body which writes reports on schools in the St. Albans area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. 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 son/daughter is expected to attend a St. Albans Primary or St. Albans Secondary school for quite a few years, so it is important to identify if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools Ofsted reports and results is a decent early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a great technique 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.