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Every year parents of children needing to go to a Sheffield school in South Yorkshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions in relation to their child's future education needs. Which school in Sheffield should I locate my offspring? It's a tough judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops through childhood and thus a massive effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you decide upon a specific school from the Sheffield locale?

  • From time to time it is easy if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or elder siblings before attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps want to send off your child to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others go for a percentage of their pupils on academic 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 closeness of the school to your home or work location, if it is easy to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the characteristic of a school is by and large 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 next to one another from the Sheffield locale. 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

  • 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 performance.

Ofsted is an legitimate body which writes reports on schools in the Sheffield 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 to be expected to attend a Sheffield Primary or Sheffield Secondary school for several years, so it's significant to realize if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a useful preliminary mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is fundamental you go and go to 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 allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.