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Education - School Admissions

All children in England between the ages of 5 and 18 are entitled to a free place at a state school.  In Gloucestershire, children are able to attend Reception Class the September following their fourth birthday and parents will be contacted in the previous November asking them to submit a preference to a school place.  Details of admissions within Gloucestershire can be found by visitng

Most state schools have to follow the national curriculum. The most common ones are:

  • community schools: controlled by the local council and not influenced by business or religious groups
  • foundation schools: more freedom to change the way they do things than community schools
  • academies: run by an governing body, independent from the local council - they can follow a different curriculum
  • grammar schools: run by the council, a foundation body or a trust - they select all or most of their pupils based on academic ability and there is often an exam to get in

There are also the following types of school:

  • Specialist schools
  • Free schools
  • Faith schools
  • Academies
  • City Technology Colleges
  • and Private Schools

For more information about all of the above you can visit the GOV.UK website

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