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Dover Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Dover school in Kent 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 Dover should I place my child? It's a testing choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops during childhood and consequently a gigantic consequence on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you opt for a particular school from the Dover area?

  • Sometimes 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 in the past attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps require to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a percentage of their pupils on scholastic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

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

On the surface of things - the value of a school is customarily 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 alongside one another from the Dover region. Of course as every person knows statistics 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
  • 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 legitimate body which writes reports on schools in the Dover 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. Take into account your offspring is expected to attend a Dover Primary or Dover Secondary school for some years, so it's imperative to recognize if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools official reports and results is a fine initial way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a good system 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.