Sending a child to school

Apply for a primary or secondary school place, children missing education. Find and compare schools, closures, uniforms, types of school, summer-born children.


  1. School term and holiday dates

    Find your child's school term, half term and holiday dates on your local council's website

  2. Find and compare schools in England

    Check school performance tables (‘league tables’), Ofsted reports and financial information.

  3. Apply for a primary school place

    Apply for a state primary school place through your local council

  1. Apply for a secondary school place

    Apply for a state secondary school place through your local council

  2. School closures

    School closures happen because of an emergency like severe weather - check whether your child's school is closed on your local council website

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Guidance and regulation

  1. School attendance and absence

    You can be prosecuted if your child has unauthorised absence from school - truancy, help with getting your child to school, and legal action to enforce school attendance

  2. Schools admissions

    Get a place for your child at a primary or secondary school - applications, deadlines, admission criteria, appeals and complaints

  3. School uniform

    What happens if your child doesn’t wear their school uniform, what to do if you think your child's being discriminated against or you think the uniform should change.

  1. Types of school

    Types of school and how they're run - community schools, academies, free schools, faith schools, state boarding schools

    • Guide
  2. Children missing education

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
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