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Education, school and learning

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A child reaches compulsory school age the term following their 5th birthday and is legally able to leave school on the last Friday in the June of the school year in which the child turns 16.


Parents and carers have a responsibility to ensure that their children, who are of compulsory school, receive an appropriate education.


Find a school in Leicester City



How to apply for a school place

Find out about the school admissions process and deadlines for applications.


School term date

Find out school terms dates. 


Advice and support in applying for schools

Whether you are applying for a primary or secondary school, the process can sometimes seem confusing and difficult to understand.   If you would like support and advice contact:


Choice Advice Service

The Choice Advice Service (CAS) Leicester is an independent service that offers free, confidential and impartial information about the admissions process, supports parents and carers to complete the application process and provides information and advice on the appeals process. 


Further information 


Free school meals

Find out about free school meals and whether your child is entitled to them.


School transport

Transport is available for pupils who would otherwise be unable, or would have considerable difficulty, gaining access to education. Find out more.


Help to buy school instruments

Leicester City Council run a VAT free scheme to keep the costs down of buying your own musical instruments.


Think your child may have a special educational needs or disability?


Educating at home

You may decide that you want your child to be educated at home rather than school.