Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Starting, Leaving or Changing Schools

Overview

Education in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council’s services for schools are all about working to support pupils and improve their learning achievements.

We aim to do this by making sure that children have as many opportunities as possible, to discover and develop their talents and achieve their full potential while in school, so that they can prosper in the world of work. All our schools aim to provide children and young people with activities that make learning interesting and exciting.

Birmingham City Council provides free schools for all children in the city.

  • Nursery schools accept children aged 3 and 4
  • Primary schools are for 4 to 11 year olds
  • Secondary schools for 11 to 18 year olds

Some of our schools give places to children who belong to a particular faith background as a priority before accepting other children. Some secondary schools only admit boys whilst others are for girls only. Our nursery, primary and most of our secondary schools will accept pupils of any ability but before being accepted for our secondary grammar schools young people have to pass an entrance test.

Many schools provide breakfast clubs before school and a wide range of clubs and activities after school.

The majority of mainstream state schools in Birmingham are Community or Voluntary Controlled schools. These schools are owned by Birmingham City Council as the local authority.

Other state schools in Birmingham are either Voluntary Aided or Foundation schools. These schools are owned by their founding organizations (usually a religious or charitable foundation).

Essential Information
  • Information and advice about the choices you have when you have left school is available from the council’s Connexions service.

    There are links to information to help you to decide what you want to do next for your education:


    Information about how to access funding to support your education is available form the Student Finance page.

    The national government web site, Options After 16 page, also has some useful information.

    If your thinking of looking for employment, have a look at the Skills for Work and the Apprenticeships website.

  • The Birmingham Grid for Learning site provides an Online Schools Directory – a list of schools in Birmingham, including links to school websites, maps and contact details.

    Further information about admissions to schools in Birmingham is available here.

    The national government information website DirectGov provides detailed information for parents and guardians, including choosing a school and applying for a place in school, as does the Parents Centre web.

  • Reports produced by the Government’s school inspectors for every school in the country are available from the Ofsted web site.

    The BBC site offers access to the Birmingham Primary and Secondary League Tables, including a page about each school detailing its performance.

  • You can Apply Online if your child is due to start at primary school or transfer to secondary school.

  • The council is prepared to consider requests for transfer between schools other than at normal admission times. If you are seeking to transfer your child , you must first discuss this with your child’s present headteacher or head of year in secondary school, contact the headteacher of the school you wish your child to attend and complete the transfer application form and return it to the Admissions Officer.

    Transfers should only take place at the beginning of a term, except where the transfer arises because of a change of address.

    If you have concerns about your child’s progress or there are any problems at your child’s school, you should, as a first step, discuss your concerns with the headteacher of the present school. Changing schools can be unsettling for pupils and can disturb class organisation. It should be a last resort and considered only when all other options for resolving problems have been explored.

  • Find out more about Admissions & Appeals

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Information and advice about the choices you have when you have left school is available from the council’s Connexions service.

    • Reports produced by the Government’s school inspectors for every school in the country are available from the Ofsted web site.

    • Most of our schools will accept pupils of any ability but before being accepted for our secondary grammar schools young people will be required to take an entrance test. Go to DirectGov for more information.

    • Nursery Schools – accept children aged 3 and 4 years old

      Primary Schools – accept children aged 4 to 11 years old

      Secondary Schools – accept children aged 11 to 18 years old

    • Further information about school budgets can be found here

    • Some of our schools give places to children who belong to a particular faith background as a priority before accepting other children.

      For more detailed information about types of schools visit the DirectGov website

    • Some secondary schools only admit boys whilst others only admit girls. Most of our secondary schools will accept pupils of any ability but before being accepted for our secondary grammar school young people have to pass an entrance test.