Choosing a School

Advice about league tables, types of school, applications and appeals and school transfers.

  • Different types of schoolTeacher with childrenAll children aged 5-16 are entitled to a free place at a state school. Most families take up this place. A few – around 6.5% - choose to pay for a place...
  • Making the most of school open daysOpen DayDuring an open day prospective parents and pupils can visit the school during a working day. You’ll be able to visit classrooms, and often pupils will...
  • Understanding league tables and Ofsted reportsChildren celebratingLeague tables show test and exam results for all schools. They’re published annually by the government’s Department for Education (DfE).
  • How to apply for a school place Writing on paper © 'Bruce Shippee - Fotolia.com'Before you decide which school to apply for, take some time to learn about how school places are allocated in your area.
  • School applications processCoping with anxiety © 'Tatyana Gladskih - Fotolia.com'Many parents can become anxious around the time of school applications especially if there’s lots of choice and competition for the most sought-after schools...
  • How to appeal against a school place decisionPosting a letter © 'Elena Moiseeva - Fotolia.com'You'll receive a letter from your local authority stating that your child has not got a place at your chosen school. It will tell you how to make an appeal...
  • Getting ready for primary schoolPrimary school childrenSome parents start worrying about primary schools when their children are still babies. This may be unnecessary, but it pays to think ahead. For example...
  • Getting ready for secondary schoolSecondary school studentsYou’ll probably already have some ideas about your local secondary schools, through talking to parents at your child’s primary school.

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