Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

International Student Advice and Support

Living in the UK

Finding a school for your children

Local Authorities (LAs) have overall responsibility for the provision of free school education. Your LA will depend on where you live, for most students who live in Loughborough and the surrounding area, the LA is Leicestershire County Council (there is a different LA for those living in Nottinghamshire and Leicester City).

Your LA has a duty to secure a free school place for all children who are of 'compulsory school age'. As a parent, you are also under a legal obligation to secure schooling for any child of 'compulsory school age'.

The Government website has generic information about school admissions including how to choose a school, the admission criteria, applying and appealing a school’s decision.

The Leicestershire County Council website has useful information on school admissions policies and you can contact them for more specific information.

When choosing a school for your children you may want to think about location and also the reputation of the school. The Government Department for Children, Schools and Families publishes school performance tables and schools are regularly inspected by The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED) and their reports are accessible to the public. 

If you are already in the UK, you may also want to visit a school (by appointment or at an open evening).

The British Council has also produced more information on choosing a state-funded school.

Schools for children of international students


Useful Contacts

ContactContact details
Leicestershire Local Authority (Includes information on all Leicestershire schools, policies & contacts) Admissions
General Enquiries Tel: 0116 305 6631 Email: education@leics.gov.uk
School Admissions (Allocation of school places) 0116 305 6684
Religious Education Adviser 0116 305 6498
Free School Meals 0116 305 6588
Free School Transport 0116 305 6630
Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) http://www.ofsted.gov.uk School inspection reports are available