‘Schools’ Archive

England’s top 50 primary and infant schools

Choosing the best start for your child’s future is never an easy task. If your little angel/monster has recently turned 4, or will before next September, then you’ll need to start considering options for starting school and entry to reception – unless home-schooling is in your early years plan. Here are England’s top 50 state […]

Nearest school criteria explained

Catchment areas, nearest schools and other terminology make school admissions a jargon minefield. Here, we try to explain it as simply as possible. Nearest school criteria Several local authorities allocate places at oversubscribed schools by giving priority to children who apply to their nearest relevant school. This effectively creates a catchment – an area around […]

Three reasons you might not get into your catchment school

Parents often ask: Am I guaranteed a place at my catchment school – and here are three reasons why they aren’t Home to school distance tie-breaker Many schools use home to school distance as a tie-break if a school is oversubscribed within a certain criteria. If the school filled up with other kids in the […]

Catchment areas – will I get a place at my local school?

Here at findaschool we get lots of questions about catchment areas. Parents want to know how catchment areas work, are they guaranteed a place at their catchment school, and is it possible to get a place if they live outside the catchment area. I live in a catchment area – am I guaranteed a place […]

700,000 secondary aged kids in inadequate or failing schools

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. In other words they are the government agency tasked with making sure schools and other child services are meeting high standards. And – if not – finding ways to help schools improve and provide the best education possible for children and young people. In […]

Secondary school application deadline – 31 October

Next September may seem a long way away when you’re only ten. But if you turning eleven this academic year and due to move on to a secondary school then your parents only have a few more days to get your secondary school applications in and try to seal your academic fate. That’s right, applications […]

Welcome to findaschool by 192.com

  Welcome to the new findaschool blog. Over the coming weeks and months, the team will be writing short posts to tell you all about the findaschool service, to provide advice on school admissions in the UK, and to offer some insights from the admissions data we have collected over the past few years. findaschool […]