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Local Schools

Starting or moving school is an important milestone in your child’s life and we want to make sure you have all the information you need.

Choosing your child’s school is a difficult decision. If you wish to choose a specific school or your child has a special need, you may need some help and further information to make an informed decision.

It is really important that you apply on time and include all the relevant information, as filling in the application form incorrectly could lead to your child not being allocated a preferred place.

Find the right local school

Here are some things to think about

A child is of compulsory school age at the start of the school term following their 5th birthday. Parents have a legal duty to ensure their children receive suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise (this includes home education).

You will need to complete an application form to apply for a school place – it is not enough just to register your child’s details with a nursery or school.

Children with disabilities or special educational needs

The local authority has a policy that all schools will support those pupils with special educational needs or inclusion issues. Every school accommodates pupils with a variety of needs, they make provision and support children and young people within their schools.

I want to apply for a specific school

Application forms are always daunting, at the Portland Centre we will help you with these major decisions and completing all the forms.

Here are some things we will help you think about:

As you can see, none of this is easy – come to the Portland Centre and we will help you navigate your way through the system, to achieve the best ‘mix’ to best suit your child’s needs and the best way forward for your entire family.

What next?

If you need help and advice on these or any other issues call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre Staff member who will be happy to help you.