Saxmundham Schools

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Saxmundham Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Saxmundham school in Suffolk for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's forthcoming education needs. Which school in Saxmundham should I place my son/daughter? It is a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops through childhood and consequently a mammoth effect on that offspring as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide upon a particular school from the Saxmundham area?

  • Every now and then it is simple if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings before attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may need to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others decide on a proportion of their pupils on scholastic 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 characteristic of the school and the proximity of the school to your location or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your child off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is mostly 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 Saxmundham region. Of course as every person knows stats 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 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 authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Saxmundham area as well as the rest of the UK. 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 liable to attend a Saxmundham Primary or Saxmundham Secondary school for several years, so it is of the essence to realize if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools Ofsted reports and results is a good opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's vital you go and go to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good way to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also allow you to put questions directly to the head of the school.