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Re: Public school selection       started by desai78 on 24 Jun 2010   (22914)
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From desai78

24 Jun 2010 4:44 PM
Hi, I just wanted to know about some of the points to be looked into while selecting a good primary school for my kid. Could you help me in this regard?
From jimboman

To desai78

25 Jun 2010 8:31 PM
Live in a good area. Your kids go to the state school nearest to where you live (as a rule).
From Matilda

To jimboman

27 Jun 2010 11:25 PM
We have just moved mid-term and have a school 200m away which is full!! We have to drive to one 4km away as that is the only one in the area that can take us even the independant schools were full for pre-primary. V frustrating as that is part of the reason we bought the house so we could walk to the good local school. Now thankfully my son has settled well and made friends but instead of changing his school again for the intake in 2011 when we are guaranteed a local place for year1, we feel we should keep him happy so we will drive for ever more!! AHHHHHHHHHHH. One of life's little annoyances but if the kids are happy............... Beware: check first that you can get into the school you think you will be aiming for. Good luck
From tisme

To Matilda

28 Jun 2010 9:51 AM
Kindy and pre primary are not compulsory education so if there is no vacancy they don't have to accept your child. From year 1 it is compulsory, so if you live in the catchment area they have to accept your child.
From darrens1

To desai78

30 Jul 2010 11:07 PM
I would suggest initially CVA(contextual value added) Basically it shows how far schools help pupils' progress over a period of time, rather than simply the proportion of them getting five good GCSEs. Well, CVA does exactly the same thing, but takes lots more factors into account (not just prior attainment). The aim is to give an even fairer picture of how schools are doing.
From kayandandy

To darrens1

30 Jul 2010 11:37 PM
Darren I am not sure if you are here yet ... but that seems to have skipped right over them here! Our son goes to a good school and they get bright kids ... quite tough to find that evidence ... we are only just getting access to school data, albeit quite basic online.
From kayandandy

To darrens1

01 Aug 2010 12:12 PM
Darren THis wont work here. That data is not easy to come by and many schools dont collect that kind of data here. Are you in education in the UK? I did my initial training here in Oz and then worked in UK and it has taken me nearly two years to come to terms with the difference. The focus here particularly in primary schools is on the development of the whole child ... standardised testing is done but with dragged feet. I note your children currently go to catholic schools. Primary catholic schools here have much bigger classes, up to 32 in some cases whilst state schools have much smalled numbers. However pastoral care is second to none. Our boy goes to a state primary and then will go to a Catholic Secondary. I work in a Catholic secondary college and it is fantastic ... for more reasons than the CVA!