750,000 children received their GCSE results yesterday - what do we think of our Western Wards / Locks Heath schools?
By KayD2009 | Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 13:23
I won't say which school my children attend for
obvious reasons but I thought I'd ask others' opinion on our local schools here
in Western Wards - and ask what people think of the system.
Having primary school aged children, my husband and I
chose this area to settle in based on the reputation of the local primary
schools. Although not originally from this area as far as we could ascertain
from looking at the Ofsted reports all the local schools were at least
good. Some – Hook with Warsash for example, had an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Report
for overall effectiveness of the school at the time we were looking. I notice
that the latest report done in March this year is now ‘Good’. Both Sarisbury
Juniors and Infants are now Outstanding. These are just examples – how much
emphasis should one place on these reports?
I see the league tables are now on the website here.
Hook with Warsash is at the top – it does have an excellent reputation
results-wise. Where are the Sarisbury Schools on the league table however?
Are separate Infants/Junior Schools better – or
Primary, where the Infants and Juniors are together? I went to an Infants then
a Junior school on the same grounds, similar to the Locks Heath schools. I like
the idea that the children are separated into age groups but don’t know if
there are any teaching advantages to this?
Are Church schools better? We really didn’t know what
to think about this. Not being religious it wasn’t a priority, but we wondered
if a Church school would give our children a better ground morally. Hook with
Warsash C of E is at the top of the league table and St John the Baptist C of E
is at the bottom!
We’re very happy with our choice of school and both
our children are doing well. What do others think of their children’s schools?
In reply to Tina’s comments in her Brookfield
school GCSE results story, I’d say we are far too exam obsessed these days.
What about teaching our children initiative, problem-solving, and team-working
skills – things that young people need for higher education, work and their