How do I choose a school?

>>>How do I choose a school?

It is a good idea to find out about your local schools to help you decide which ones to apply to.

Things you might consider doing to help you choose the right school.

Find out how easy it is to travel to the school.

  • Some schools have school buses. You can find out more here:

School Bus Finder

  • Or your child may be able to get free transport to school. You can find out more here:

Information About Free Buses

  • Visit the school
  • All schools have open days. Contact the school to find out when these are.
  • Look at the school’s website
  • You can find a list of all Leeds Schools’ websites here:

Directory of Leeds Schools’ Websites

  • Talk to parents of children who study there
  • In particular ask them about how well the school welcomes refugee children.
    Look at schools’ Ofsted reports.
  • Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It is a government department which inspects schools (and colleges, childcare and other services) regularly. Every time Ofsted inspects a school they produce a report and give the school a grade. The report tells you about the effectiveness of the school including the quality of teaching and the achievement of the pupils.
  • You can find the latest Ofsted report for any school on the Ofsted website. Use the “Distance from your home” option to search for all your local schools using your postcode.

Ofsted Reports

  • Look at the school performance league tables.
  • This is a system that gives each school a rating based on their Ofsted report, how well their pupils do in exams and their finances. You can look at school league tables on the GOV.UK website:

School League Tables


Last Updated: 9 July 2018

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