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The best local schools awards

07-28-2016 02:35 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: EdProcure

We often get asked what are the best local schools in a particular area and the reasons why a certain school is better than another. So, we thought we would put this question back to our website users and find out what they thought of their children’s schools and what made them the best local schools. After a few weeks of collecting data we collated the information and found some interesting results. Want to know what fellow parents think makes the best local schools? Then read on…

1. In first place, our parents went for the quality of teaching. This may seem an obvious choice but it isn’t always possible to know which schools offer the best teaching until your child is actually in a school. So, it is always useful to ask other local parents of children in schools to find out what the teaching is like and therefore what you can expect for your child.
2. In second place in our best local school awards, our parents went for the availability of after school clubs. These clubs provide an important resource to parents who work full time and commute to and from work as well. It isn’t always economical or indeed possible to give up work or work on reduced hours every day, so very often these clubs are important to families looking to place their children in schools.
3. In third place, our parents chose school facilities as a barometer of the best local schools in the UK. Facilities range from the quality of the buildings to the catering services to the parking and sports pitches. Although the parents use very few of the facilities personally, they want what is best for their child, and understand that better facilities usually mean better schools.
4. In fourth place in the best local schools awards we have OFSTED reports. We would expect to have seen these come higher up in the rankings, but, OFSTED inspections are not carried out very often in schools, and the children of most parents are already in the school when the inspection is taking place. It would be very rare for a parent to withdraw their child from a school as a result of a poor OFSTED inspection, hence this not being higher up the list!
5. Last, but by no means least in our awards for the best local schools is the reputation of the school itself. Parents want to know their children are in good hands, and moreover that the choice they have made for their child is the right one. So, school reputation was considered the 5th most important factor for parents when deciding on the best local schools.

There are over 24,000 local primary schools in the UK, meaning there is a huger choice for parents to make when looking at the local schools and deciding which one is the best bet to send their children. The feedback from our recent survey gives an indication as to what other parents think about when considering primary schools for their children.

Localprimaryschools.com has a wealth of information about all 24,000+ primary schools in the UK to help you make the right choice for your child.

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