Guildford Schools

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Guildford Schools

Every year parents of children requiring to go to a Guildford school in Surrey for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions regarding their child's upcoming education needs. Which school in Guildford should I situate my child? It is a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative outcome on how your child develops for the duration of childhood and thus a colossal consequence on that child as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you opt for a specific school from the Guildford region?

  • Every 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 older siblings before attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may want to send off your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your loved one.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your son/daughter went to a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments choose a fraction of their pupils on intellectual 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 quality of the school and the closeness of the school to your home or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is habitually determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the usual newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Guildford region. Of course as everyone knows data are generally flawed to some degree or other. Children's results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Quality of intake to the school
  • Several 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 formal body which writes reports on schools in the Guildford 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 offspring is expected to attend a Guildford Primary or Guildford Secondary school for quite a few years, so it is imperative to know if a school is on the way up or down.

Via a schools sanctioned reports and results is a useful early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is imperative you go and pay a visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a good means to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.