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Lancaster Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Lancaster school in Lancashire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on their child's upcoming schooling needs. Which school in Lancaster should I position my offspring? It is a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops during childhood and as a result a huge effect on that child as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you opt for a particular school from the Lancaster vicinity?

  • Every now and then it is easy if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may want to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a percentage of their pupils on scholarly ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the quality of the school and the proximity of the school to your location or work location, if it is easy to drop your child off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the value of a school is commonly determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Lancaster region. Of course as everybody 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

  • Condition of intake to the school
  • Different 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 formal body which writes reports on schools in the Lancaster area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will declare how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Consider your child is to be expected to attend a Lancaster Primary or Lancaster Secondary school for several years, so it's important to recognize if a school is on the way up or down.

By a schools Ofsted reports and results is a good preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is fundamental you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great system to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.