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Bathgate Schools

Each year parents of kids needing to go to a Bathgate school in West Lothian for the first time, or moving up to a new school or college are having to make tough decisions about their child's forthcoming learning needs. Which school in Bathgate should I place my offspring? It's a hard decision to make as it can have a profound positive/negative effect on how your child develops all through childhood and for that reason a gigantic effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into adulthood and thereafter.

So how do you decide upon a specific school from the Bathgate vicinity?

  • At times it is painless if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the establishment when your other child starts or grown-up siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your nearness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may possibly want to send off your offspring to a specialised school to cater for your loved one.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others select a proportion of their pupils on intellectual ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the establishment 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 locality or work location, if it's straightforward to drop your son/daughter off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the class of a school is mostly determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the standard newspapers. It is a simple matter of comparing one schools results against one another from the Bathgate region. Of course as every person knows stats 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
  • Different 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 Bathgate area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will voice 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 Bathgate Primary or Bathgate Secondary school for several years, so it is important to know if a school is improving or not.

By a schools sanctioned reports and results is a good early mode of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is very important you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a good system to find out more about the schools policies, its ethos and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.