Stoke-on-Trent Schools

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Stoke-on-Trent Schools

Each year parents of children requiring to go to a Stoke-on-Trent 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 future education requirements. Which school in Stoke-on-Trent should I place my offspring? It is a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops throughout childhood and therefore a massive consequence on that offspring as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide on a unique school from the Stoke-on-Trent vicinity?

  • 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 elder siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may possibly want to send off your offspring to a specialised school to look after your loved one.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your offspring attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entry exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain 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 easy to drop your son/daughter 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 is a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Stoke-on-Trent vicinity. Of course as everyone knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Condition 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 results.

Ofsted is an bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Stoke-on-Trent area as well as the rest of the United Kingdom. In a nutshell these reports will say how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Take into account your son/daughter is expected to attend a Stoke-on-Trent Primary or Stoke-on-Trent Secondary school for several years, so it is significant to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a good opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and pay a quick visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great means 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.