18 April, 2009



The education of all children in the UK is the responsibility of the Local Education Authority (LEA) with whom parents must make their own arrangements to place their children in school. Going to school isn't only about lessons and studying, your child will spend hours at school and many things occur outside of the usual day-to-day learning. Getting involved and knowing what to expect will help make the most of your child's time at school.

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  • Your children have the right to places in schools while they are between the ages of 5-16.

  • You have the right to say which school you would prefer your child to attend, regardless of the school's location, but your right to express a preference does not guarantee you a place at the school if it is oversubscribed.

  • By law, your local education authority (LEA) must offer your child a school place.

  • If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you have the right to appeal to an independent panel.

Remember, you must first apply to a school. Even if your child is at a nursery linked to an infant school, or an infant school linked to a junior school, you will still need to make an application to move them on to the next stage. You must not assume your child will automatically get a place at a school.

Local information on schools can be sought from your nearest HIVE.

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There are also pre-school groups close to Naval housing areas that can be used and there are often other Naval wives or local civilians who are qualified child minders - make sure that any child minder you use is properly qualified and registered. Further information should be sought from either your HIVE or NPFS office.

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