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Oldham Schools

Every year parents of children requiring to go to a Oldham school in Lancashire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's forthcoming education needs. Which school in Oldham should I situate my son/daughter? It's a tough decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops throughout childhood and as a result a massive effect on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you choose a specific school from the Oldham locale?

  • Now and then it is effortless if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may well want to send your child to a specialised school to look after your loved one.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a proportion of their pupils on scholastic 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 home or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your child off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the value of a school is mostly determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Oldham region. Of course as everyone 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

  • Class 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 results.

Ofsted is an formal body which writes reports on schools in the Oldham 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. Remember your child is likely to attend a Oldham Primary or Oldham Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's important to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools sanctioned reports and results is a nice early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is fundamental you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a good tactic 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.