Ashtead Schools

Church | Parking

Ashtead Schools

Every year parents of children needing to go to a Ashtead school in Surrey 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 education needs. Which school in Ashtead should I locate my child? It is a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops throughout childhood and thus a mammoth effect on that offspring as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide upon a unique school from the Ashtead locale?

  • Occasionally it is painless if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or grown-up siblings before attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may well want to send off your offspring to a specialised school to look after your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your son/daughter attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments choose a percentage of their pupils on educational ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment awards a specified 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 closeness of the school to your location or work location, if it is straightforward to drop your offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the class of a school is mostly 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 Ashtead locale. 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
  • Several 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 formal body which writes reports on schools in the Ashtead 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. Remember your son/daughter is liable to attend a Ashtead Primary or Ashtead Secondary school for some years, so it's important to identify if a school is improving or not.

Using a schools Ofsted reports and results is a nice early way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and drop in on the potential new school on their open day. This is a good tactic 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.