Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. To have the best chance of getting your child into the school of your choice, you must apply well ahead of time.

To find out if a school is suitable for your child:

  • visit the school - most schools have open days and evenings, for dates and times please check the school's website.
  • ask other parents what they think about the school
  • check the school’s admissions criteria - this sets out how schools choose which children to offer a school place to
  • read the school’s Ofsted reports
  • check school league tables
  • think about what school transport is available
  • find out how the school can support your child if you are choosing a school for a child with a special educational need.

A complete guide to choosing schools, admission criteria, applying to a school and appealing a school's decision is available from GOV.UK..

Additional information can be found at the following links:

A map of English secondary schools by religious and socio-economic selection is available at

Special Educational Needs

Specific help and advice on a selecting a suitable school for a child who requires Special Educational Needs is available at the following links:

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