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. Apply for a primary school place

    Apply for a state primary school place through your local council

  2. Apply for a secondary school place

    Apply for a state secondary school place through your local council

  3. Children missing education

    Statutory guidance for local authorities and advice for other groups on helping children who are missing education get back into it.

  4. Find and compare schools in England

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

  5. Find safe walking or cycling routes to your child's school

    Plan a journey so your child can get safely to and from school

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. School meals - healthy eating standards

    Find out what the healthy eating standards in schools are

  9. School term and holiday dates

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

  10. School uniform

    Find out about help with buying uniform, what happens if your child breaks the rules, and what to do if you think the uniform should change

  11. Schools admissions

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

  12. Summer-born children: school admission

    Guidance about school admissions for children born in the summer.

  13. Types of school

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