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Education and Schools

If your child is aged between 4 and 16, he/she can attend state-run primary and secondary schools in the UK, but the child must have entered the UK before the age of 18 as your dependant. You will not have to pay for this.

The academic school year starts at the beginning of September, and it will be easier for your child to integrate if they are attending from the start of the school year.


Primary Schools: These are for children aged 4 to 11 and usually have mixed classes of both girls and boys.

Secondary Schools: These are for children aged 11 to 16. Most secondary schools in England and Wales are comprehensive, meaning they do not operate a selective entrance system. All pupils are assessed by the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) at the age of 16.


Applying to a school

The University is 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Coventry city centre and on the border with Warwickshire. Both Coventry and Warwickshire have separate education authorities and admissions departments for schools. As a parent, it is your choice where to send your child to school, but this is dependant upon their being a place available. You are advised to do as much as possible to apply for a school place before you arrive in the UK to avoid any delay in your child starting school.

It is advisable to visit schools and talk to the Head Teacher before you make a decision about where to send your child.

Disabilities and specific learning difficulties

Should you have a child with a disability or a specific learning difficulty, you should make contact with the Local Education Authority as soon as possible to discuss how your child's needs might be met.

Schools in Coventry

Education is governed by Coventry City Council. The Admissions Section is responsible for allocating school places.

The Primary Admissions Team is responsible for children aged 4 to 11.The nearest primary schools to the University of Warwick campus are Cannon Park Primary School, and Charter Primary School.

The Secondary Admissions Team is responsible for children aged 11-18. The nearest secondary school to the University of Warwick campus is the Westwood Academy.

Schools in Warwickshire

Education is governed by Warwickshire County Council and details of how to apply can be found on the Admissions Section of the website.

Details of local independent schools (3-18 year olds) (fees for independant schools are paid for by the individual) can be found on the Coventry Schools Foundation website.