Education (ages 5-16)

Education in England is divided into: primary, secondary, further and higher education. Children are required to attend school for 11 years from the ages of 5-16.

Should you decide to bring your family and your children are between 5 and 16 years old, the Local Education Authority (LEA) has a duty to provide a place for them in a local school. Please contact the LEA in advance of your arrival detailing your family circumstances and the children who will require school places.

Where your child goes to school depends on where you live and therefore the LEA will not finalise arrangements for schooling until you know exactly where you will be living. In many cases the LEA will not finalise arrangements until you and your family are in the UK and living in the address where you will be permanently staying. Some schools may have a school uniform; others have a liberal dress code. Discipline is maintained through an agreed behaviour code within the individual school and there is no corporal punishment in state schools.

Many schools find it helpful to see a recent teacher's report and some samples of your child's work when they are trying to place your child in a class. To make your child's stay in the south west as useful and enjoyable as possible, local schools would appreciate it if you could bring some reading books in your language and a dual dictionary (eg. Korean/English), suitable for your child to use in school. Please be aware that schools in Exeter and Cornwall have few specially trained Language Assistants.

Once you child is enrolled at a school, you have a legal obligation to help them maintain good attendance.  You have to get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time. You risk a fine of up to £2,500 or a jail sentence up to 3 months if you do not adhere to attendance regulations. For more information please see the Government website.

Further information