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Choosing a school for your child

When applying for a school place, it's very important that you think about how your child will get to and from school.

This includes if your child is:

  • starting school for the first time
  • moving from primary to secondary education
  • moving to a different school

On your school admission application, by including the nearest suitable school – the one that's the shortest distance from your home – you have the best chance of:

  • getting a place at a local school
  • getting help with travel, if your child is eligible – check who is eligible

A 'suitable' school means the nearest one of a type listed below that is right for the age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs of your child. The 'suitable' school must be either:

  • a community, foundation or voluntary school
  • a community or foundation special school
  • a non-maintained special school
  • a pupil referral unit
  • a maintained nursery school
  • a city technology college (CTC) or a city college for the technology of the arts (CCTA)
  • an academy or a free school
  • a university technical college (UTC)
  • an independent school that is named on the child’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan

You can find out more about applying for a school place on our school admissions pages.