1. Choosing schools

Find schools in your area and the admission criteria for the schools you’re interested in by contacting your council.

Apply outside your local council area

You can apply for schools outside your local council area. You can do this through your own local council.

Find out about a school

You can find out more by:

  • visiting the school - most schools have open days you can go to
  • reading the school’s most recent Ofsted reports
  • checking school league tables, which include exam results
  • talking to other parents about what they think of the school

What schools must publish on their website

Schools’ websites must include:

  • how much money they get from taking underprivileged children (the ‘pupil premium’), what they do with it and the effect it’s had
  • details of the curriculum
  • admission criteria
  • behaviour policy
  • special educational needs policy
  • disability policy
  • links to Ofsted reports
  • links to performance data
  • the school’s latest key stage 2 and 4 attainment and progress measures

You can also get advice about choosing schools from your local council. All councils have teams to help parents get their children into schools.

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