St. Annes Schools

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St. Annes Schools

Every year parents of children requiring to go to a St. Annes 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 impending education needs. Which school in St. Annes should I place my offspring? It is a testing decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops throughout childhood and therefore a colossal effect on that offspring as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a particular school from the St. Annes locale?

  • From time to time it is painless if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or older siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may want to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a percentage of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or interview (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 proximity of the school to your locality or work location, if it's easy to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is usually determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the St. Annes area. Of course as everybody 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 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. Annes 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 son/daughter is likely to attend a St. Annes Primary or St. Annes Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's imperative to recognize if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a nice initial way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is fundamental you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good way 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.