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Balerno Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Balerno school in Midlothian for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's impending learning needs. Which school in Balerno should I put my offspring? It's a hard judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and as a result a massive effect on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide upon a particular school from the Balerno locale?

  • At times it is easy if your child already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or older siblings before attended the school.
  • Your location 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 offspring went to a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a proportion of their pupils on scholastic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain number of places 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 location or work location, if it is easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is generally 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 against one another from the Balerno vicinity. Of course as everybody knows statistics are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Condition 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 formal body which writes reports on schools in the Balerno area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will reveal how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Take into account your offspring is liable to attend a Balerno Primary or Balerno Secondary school for quite a few years, so it is significant to know if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools formal reports and results is a decent preliminary 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 fantastic tactic to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.