Smethwick Schools

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Smethwick Schools

Every year parents of kids needing to go to a Smethwick school in West Midlands 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 impending schooling requirements. Which school in Smethwick should I put my son/daughter? It is a hard judgment to make as it can have a profound positive/negative end product on how your child develops during childhood and for that reason a mammoth effect on that son/daughter as he or she passes into maturity.

So how do you choose a specific school from the Smethwick region?

  • Sometimes it is effortless if your son/daughter already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings in the past attended the school.
  • Your proximity to the school.
  • You or your child has a disability. You may perhaps want to send your offspring to a specialised school to look after your loved one.
  • Faith Schools
  • Your child went to an associated nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and some others choose a proportion of their pupils on academic ability)
  • Assessment or interview (if the school awards a certain number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected 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 offspring off in the mornings for example.

On the surface of things - the quality of a school is as a rule 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 Smethwick region. Of course as everyone knows stats are generally flawed to some degree or other. Kids results for a particular school may be twisted for lots of different reasons

  • Condition of intake to the school
  • Separate 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 bureaucratic body which writes reports on schools in the Smethwick area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will disclose how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Take into account your son/daughter is likely to attend a Smethwick Primary or Smethwick Secondary school for quite a few years, so it's important to know if a school is on the way up or down.

Using a schools Ofsted reports and results is a decent opening way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it's imperative you go and call on the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic 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.