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Old Jun 13th 2019, 12:55 pm
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Hello everyone. We are moving to the UK mid of August this year. I have twin daughters aged 5 and I really worried about their school admissions as the school term will start shortly after we arrive.

Very worried that kids could miss out a whole year of schooling due to our late application or miss a significant part. Do not want to delay our arrival after going through the hectic spouse visa process. Please advise on the best course of action? Any chance the council we apply to would be able to accommodate the kids in such a short time span?

Would be very grateful for your input. Thanks
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Old Jun 13th 2019, 1:15 pm
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Hello everyone. We are moving to the UK mid of August this year. I have twin daughters aged 5 and I really worried about their school admissions as the school term will start shortly after we arrive.

Very worried that kids could miss out a whole year of schooling due to our late application or miss a significant part. Do not want to delay our arrival after going through the hectic spouse visa process. Please advise on the best course of action? Any chance the council we apply to would be able to accommodate the kids in such a short time span?

Would be very grateful for your input. Thanks
Depending on whether or not your closest/preferred school has a waiting list you may not get to choose the school your daughters attend, but they will be offered a place at a school.
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Old Jun 13th 2019, 2:27 pm
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Hello everyone. We are moving to the UK mid of August this year. I have twin daughters aged 5 and I really worried about their school admissions as the school term will start shortly after we arrive.

Very worried that kids could miss out a whole year of schooling due to our late application or miss a significant part. Do not want to delay our arrival after going through the hectic spouse visa process. Please advise on the best course of action? Any chance the council we apply to would be able to accommodate the kids in such a short time span?

Would be very grateful for your input. Thanks
As SoS says, they will get a place in a school. The local authority is obliged to educate them, so even though it may not be the school of your choice, they won't miss out
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Yep as above the local authority are legally obliged to find them a school place. Doesn't mean it'll be your first (or possibly even second or third) choice, and it may be some distance away, depending on how oversubscribed your area is. But they certainly won't be unable to go to school.

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Yup, as per advice above, education for five-year-olds in the UK is mandatory, so the Local Education Authority has no option but to provide places at school.

This would be true even if your arrival in the UK was delayed and you arrived in, say, October, after the school year had started - your daughters would be placed in age-appropriate classes at that time.
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Default Re: Freaking out over schooling on moving to the UK!

Originally Posted by blackscholes View Post
Hello everyone. We are moving to the UK mid of August this year. I have twin daughters aged 5 and I really worried about their school admissions as the school term will start shortly after we arrive.

Very worried that kids could miss out a whole year of schooling due to our late application or miss a significant part. Do not want to delay our arrival after going through the hectic spouse visa process. Please advise on the best course of action? Any chance the council we apply to would be able to accommodate the kids in such a short time span?

Would be very grateful for your input. Thanks
Facing similar problem with moving back right in the middle of the UK school year, so I will instead head 'home' first, with the kids' staying with their Dad and coming over to join me once I've got a short-term rental property sorted out. Where I rent is obviously driven by finding somewhere within the catchment area of the specific schools we'd like to try to get the kids' into, but of course, there's no guarantee they will get into that particular school.......*huge sigh*.

I'm trying to mitigate it as much as I can by making direct contact with the schools, and they have been all been lovely and helpful, so it might be worthwhile doing the same if you know the area you'll be settling in.
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Is there a maximum travel distance for the schools for kids placed into an available spot?
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Hi, we connected with the local school via email. They replied back the next day and we will pop in to finalize registration the day before school starts. The process was straightforward, and please don't stress out. All the best
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Hi, we connected with the local school via email. They replied back the next day and we will pop in to finalize registration the day before school starts. The process was straightforward, and please don't stress out. All the best
This is a private school I assume?
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Why do you assume that ? Do you just assume that state schools would not provide that level of service ?
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Why do you assume that ? Do you just assume that state schools would not provide that level of service ?
hi there this is regular school.
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Why do you assume that ? Do you just assume that state schools would not provide that level of service ?
Because admissions are done by Local Authorities, not the schools themselves, unless it's a private or free school usually. So if phoenix3 managed it that way then that's great, but would be very rare and it unlikely to be applicable to the OP, who would have to go through the normal application process with his/her council.

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hi there this is regular school.
Whereabouts are you moving to?
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Because admissions are done by Local Authorities, not the schools themselves, unless it's a private or free school usually. So if phoenix3 managed it that way then that's great, but would be very rare and it unlikely to be applicable to the OP, who would have to go through the normal application process with his/her council.
hi there.
I managed it this way so perhaps the original poster should try it. All the best.
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..... So if phoenix3 managed it that way then that's great, but would be very rare and it unlikely to be applicable .......
How do you know that it is rare? I agree it might not be "by the book" procedure, but I have no idea if it is "rare."
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