Houghton-le-Spring Schools

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Houghton-le-Spring Schools

Each year parents of kids requiring to go to a Houghton-le-Spring school in Tyne and Wear for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions as regards their child's upcoming schooling needs. Which school in Houghton-le-Spring should I locate my offspring? It is a tough decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops throughout childhood and as a result a colossal consequence on that child as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you decide on a particular school from the Houghton-le-Spring region?

  • At times 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 before attended the school.
  • Your location to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may want to send your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your offspring.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended a linked nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments select a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment 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 locality or work location, if it is easy to drop your offspring off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the value of a school is commonly determined by results which are available each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results alongside one another from the Houghton-le-Spring area. Of course as every person knows statistics are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Quality 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 performance.

Ofsted is an authoritative body which writes reports on schools in the Houghton-le-Spring 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. Remember your child is to be expected to attend a Houghton-le-Spring Primary or Houghton-le-Spring Secondary school for several years, so it's significant to identify if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools formal reports and results is a decent opening mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's very important you go and pay a visit to the potential new school on their open day. This is a great means to find out more about the schools policies, its culture and it will also allow you to put questions straight to the head of the school.