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21 October 2014

Applying for a school place

Admission to primary and secondary schools is not automatic. All schools have 'admissions criteria' which the school's admission authority uses to allocate places if they receive more applications than they have places available.

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School Admissions
Visit the Surrey County Council site for further information on how to register your child into a Surrey school.
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How schools allocate places
Every child aged between five and 16 is entitled by law to a place at a state school. Wherever possible you will be offered a place at one of your preferred schools, but this can't be guaranteed.

Many schools receive more applications than they have places to offer. Every school has an admissions limit, and this determines the number of applicants they will accept.

Independent schools
There are around 2,300 independent schools in England. These schools set their own curriculum and admissions policies. They are funded by fees paid by parents and income from investments. Just over half have charitable status.

Every independent school must be registered with the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Standards are regularly monitored by either Ofsted or an inspectorate approved by the Secretary of State, ensuring that the school maintains the standards set out in its registration document.


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