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Leek Schools

Each year parents of children needing to go to a Leek school in Staffordshire for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions on the subject of their child's forthcoming schooling needs. Which school in Leek should I position my offspring? It is a difficult judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and as a result a mammoth effect on that child as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you decide upon a particular school from the Leek vicinity?

  • From time to time it is painless if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You might want to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your loved one.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others select a percentage of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school awards a certain number of spaces on the basis of aptitude for certain 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 is easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is as a rule 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 next to one another from the Leek area. 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

  • 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Leek 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. Bear in mind your child is likely to attend a Leek Primary or Leek Secondary school for several years, so it is significant to know if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a useful early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's fundamental you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great route to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also permit you to put questions straight to the head of the school.