Applications for overseas children:
“School aged children of BN(O) visa holders will have access to public education.”
Stated on the Hong Kong BNO Visa policy statement.
As long as you have a right of abode in England, you can apply for a state school place here. However, you can’t apply until you have an address in the country and are living here (except for Forces/diplomatic families and for those applying to state boarding schools).
Children from overseas, not yet in the UK:
Generally, an application for a school place will not be considered until a child is in the UK.
Exception: Those whose passport has been endorsed to show that they have the right of abode in the UK.
a) Starting primary school or transfer to secondary school
b) In-year admissions
b) 年內入學 (插班生)
As the timetable for school applications starts nearly a year before admission, the Local Council may accept applications for children who are not currently in the UK, if they have a right of abode and if they have provided legitimate evidence that confirms:
They are planning a arrival to the UK in time for the start of the academic year; and
A residential link has been established in that County that would indicate the child will be living in that County when they are due to start school.
Evidences may include:
A written statement from the parent(s) of their intention to enter the UK, giving their reasons and an expected date
Sale/notice of rental of property abroad
Termination of a work contract abroad
Copy of work contract within the UK
Tenancy of property in that area
Confirmation of travel arrangement
Completion of purchase of property in the UK
Tenancy of property in the UK
Different councils have different application process
Use your postcode to search for your local Council:
Many schools give priority to children whom their home address is closest to the school.
Any application for a place must be considered according to each school’s admission arrangements, regardless of the child’s immigration status.
Before considering an application for a place, the local authority or the admission authority for the school will need to establish that the child is in the UK.
Research your local state schools
All schools have website - look online to see which one you prefer and visit the school – most schools have open days.
Read the school’s most recent Ofsted reports (https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/)
Check school performance tables https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/
Talk to other parents about what they think of the school
Starting school in September, 2021
A school year runs from Sept to the following July. You can find your child’s year group in the table below.
How to apply?
Most receptions or nurseries are linked to primary school. You will still need to apply for a primary school place when moving from reception to Year 1. Same as secondary school.
You need to apply for a primary school place by using your council’s application form. For some schools, you can apply directly for a place with the school online.
For secondary school, apply for a place through the council.
You apply through your local council even if you’re applying for schools in another council area.
大多數 預備班 (receptions) 或 託兒所 (nurseries) 都與小學鏈接。然而從預備班升小一(Year 1)或從小學升中學，縱使為同一學校，家長仍需爲子女再次申請學位。
即使跨區申請學校，家長亦要通過你所屬的市政府 (council) 轉交學位申請到心儀學校所屬的市政府(council)。
Primary school~ 小學: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-primary-school-place
Secondary school~ 中學: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-secondary-school-place
Apply directly with the school for:
a 6th form place at a school or college (16-18yrs old) with your GCSE results
a place at private school
憑GCSE成績入讀 中學 Year 12 and Year 13（16-18歲）的名額
When to apply?
Applications open on different days in each local council area.
Usually, application opens at the start of the autumn term of the year before your child turn 4 yrs old for primary school.
Application opens at the start of the autumn term of Year 6 for secondary school.
Find out from your local council when applications open for primary or secondary schools.
It is important that you apply for a place as soon as possible!
Most grammar schools will need you to register for entrance test during the summer term of Year 5 (before the summer break). – please read our “State Grammar School” post