St. Helens Schools

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St. Helens Schools

Every year parents of kids requiring to go to a St. Helens school in Merseyside for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on the subject of their child's forthcoming education needs. Which school in St. Helens should I place my child? It is a difficult decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops all through childhood and therefore a mammoth consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you choose a specific school from the St. Helens vicinity?

  • Occasionally it is easy if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may possibly need to send off your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a proportion of their pupils on scholarly ability)
  • Assessment or audition (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 nearness of the school to your home or work location, if it is easy to drop your child off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is generally 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 St. Helens locale. Of course as everyone knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Children's results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Quality 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 St. Helens area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will voice how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your child is likely to attend a St. Helens Primary or St. Helens Secondary school for several years, so it is significant to recognize if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a fine opening mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's most important you go and pay a visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good technique 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.