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Swindon Schools

Every year parents of children requiring to go to a Swindon school in Wiltshire 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 future education requirements. Which school in Swindon should I situate my child? It's a hard choice to make as it can have a profound positive/negative consequence on how your child develops throughout childhood and for that reason a gigantic consequence on that son/daughter as he or she passes into later life.

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

  • From time to time it is painless if your offspring already has a sibling or siblings who will be at the school when your other child starts or older siblings earlier attended the school.
  • Your closeness to the school.
  • You or your child has a special education needs. You may perhaps require to send your child to a specialised school to cater for your child.
  • Religious Schools
  • Your child attended a connected nursery/primary/secondary school.
  • Entrance exam or selection test (grammar schools and other establishments go for a percentage of their pupils on scholastic ability)
  • Assessment or audition (if the school awards a precise number of places on the basis of aptitude for selected subjects)

On the whole most parents decisions are based on the characteristic of the school and the proximity of the school to your home or work location, if it is easy to drop your child off in the mornings for instance.

On the surface of things - the value of a school is as a rule determined by results which are published each and every year in all of the regular newspapers. It's a simple matter of comparing one schools results next to one another from the Swindon vicinity. 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 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 results.

Ofsted is an legitimate body which writes reports on schools in the Swindon area as well as the rest of the UK. In a nutshell these reports will declare how the school is doing, as well as showing that the school is improving or not. Bear in mind your offspring is to be expected to attend a Swindon Primary or Swindon Secondary school for a number of years, so it is important to realize if a school is improving or not.

By a schools bureaucrat reports and results is a useful initial way of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, after that it is most important you go and visit the potential new school on their open day. This is a fantastic means to find out more about the schools policies, its philosophy and it will also permit you to put questions directly to the head of the school.