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Alton Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Alton school in Staffordshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's impending education needs. Which school in Alton should I put my son/daughter? It's a tough decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops through childhood and thus a massive consequence on that child as he or she passes into later life.

So how do you select a particular school from the Alton area?

  • Occasionally it is painless if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or older siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may require to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a percentage of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the excellence of the school and the closeness of the school to your location or work location, if it's easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the class of a school is typically determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the Alton vicinity. Of course as every person knows data are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Class of intake to the school
  • Different 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 results.

Ofsted is an authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Alton area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will disclose how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your offspring is to be expected to attend a Alton Primary or Alton Secondary school for some years, so it's important to know if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools sanctioned reports and results is a good early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and go to see the potential new school on their open day. This is a great method to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.