Minehead Schools

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Minehead Schools

Every year parents of children needing to go to a Minehead school in Somerset for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's upcoming schooling needs. Which school in Minehead should I put my offspring? It is a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops through childhood and thus a gigantic consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you decide on a specific school from the Minehead area?

  • Now and then it is easy if your son/daughter 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 closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps need to send off your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a quantity of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (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 propinquity of the school to your locality or work location, if it is easy to drop your child off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is commonly 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 next to one another from the Minehead vicinity. Of course as everyone 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 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 performance.

Ofsted is an bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Minehead 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. Bear in mind your child is expected to attend a Minehead Primary or Minehead Secondary school for a number of years, so it's significant to know if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a nice initial mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's most important you go and drop in on the potential new school on their open day. This is a great technique to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.