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Schools and education

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Term and holiday dates

Dates for your diary.


Find a school or college

Contact details for all local nurseries, schools and colleges.


Apply/appeal a school place

Apply for school places, appeal a decision, find out about admission policies, bus passes and moving schools.


Sure Start children's centres

Easy access to a range of childcare services.


School closures

Keep up-to-date with school closures.



Information on choosing childcare and what help is available.

More services


Apply for school travel expenses

Some school children (up to age 16) can claim school travel expenses.


Apply for free school meals

School pupils aged between 5-16 and pupils aged between 16-19 who go to a sixth form attached to a secondary school, may be able to get free school meals.


Special educational needs

How we assess special educational needs, placement in mainstream schools, help with costs and more.


Healthy eating at school

Read about nutritional standards in school and sample lunch menus.


Become a school governor

Find out about the roles and responsibilities of a school governor and make an application.


Truancy and exclusions

Truancy and the law and what to do if you think your child is truanting.


Work experience placements

Benefits of undertaking work experience and how to go about arranging it.


Work permits for children

Download and complete the relevant application form for a child intending to work.  


Children and young people's activities

Young people's activities and extra-curricular activities that can help your child develop.


Home schooling

Details of who can educate their child at home and how to go about getting permission.

School admission arrangements 2014-15

We are experiencing a large volume of applications related to 2014-15 in-year admission requests. We aim to process your form within 10 school days of receipt however this period may extend. We appreciate your patience. 

Read admission arrangements for 2014-15

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