Gravesend Schools

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Gravesend Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Gravesend 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 forthcoming schooling requirements. Which school in Gravesend should I situate my child? It's a tough choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops through childhood and consequently a gigantic consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you opt for a unique school from the Gravesend area?

  • Sometimes it is easy if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may need to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school awards a certain 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 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 class of a school is mostly determined by results which are available 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 Gravesend region. Of course as everybody 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
  • 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 results.

Ofsted is an bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Gravesend area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will disclose how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your offspring is liable to attend a Gravesend Primary or Gravesend Secondary school for some years, so it is significant to know if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools sanctioned reports and results is a useful initial mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is imperative 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 culture and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.