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Each year parents of children needing to go to a Edinburgh school in Midlothian for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's future education requirements. Which school in Edinburgh should I put my son/daughter? It's a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops throughout childhood and therefore a gigantic effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you opt for a specific school from the Edinburgh area?

  • At times it is effortless if your son/daughter 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 proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may possibly need to send off your child to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school awards a precise number of places on the basis of aptitude for certain subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the excellence of the school and the propinquity of the school to your location or work location, if it's straightforward 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 standard newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Edinburgh vicinity. Of course as every person 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 official body which writes reports on schools in the Edinburgh 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. Consider your offspring is expected to attend a Edinburgh Primary or Edinburgh Secondary school for a number of years, so it's imperative to know if a school is improving or not.

Via a schools Ofsted reports and results is a useful initial way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic route to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.