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Staines Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Staines school in Middlesex for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's impending learning requirements. Which school in Staines should I position my offspring? It's a difficult judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative upshot on how your child develops throughout childhood and thus a massive consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you decide on a particular school from the Staines area?

  • Sometimes it is easy if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings previously attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may want to send your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments choose a fraction of their pupils on scholastic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a specified number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the characteristic of the school and the propinquity of the school to your locality or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the value of a school is typically determined by results which are published 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 Staines vicinity. Of course as everybody 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

  • 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 authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Staines area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will reveal 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 Staines Primary or Staines Secondary school for several years, so it's of the essence to identify if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools formal reports and results is a nice initial mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's fundamental you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a good system to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.