Enrolling your children in school is very important. Take into consideration that the school system in the UK is not the same as in your home country!
To enroll your children into school:
- Collect forms from the Council at the town hall. We can help you fill out application forms.
- On the form you can say which school you would like your child to go to – and your second and third choices. Many schools in Luton have long waiting lists as classes are already full, so you may not get a place at your first choice of school. You may have to take your child to a school further away from where you live. Their name will stay on the waiting list for the school you asked for, but unfortunately it can take a long time to get a place there. However, if you already have one child in a school you like, this can help to get your other children placed there.
- Once your forms are filled in, take the forms back to the town hall with the birth certificates of all school aged children – these will be copied and given back to you.
Watch our video messages on school registration (2021):
- In the UK, we believe every child of school age should get a good education. This is why you have to send your child to school every day! When children miss school, they fall behind in their learning. If they are always there and work hard they will leave school at 16 or 18 and will be able to get a good job!
- Moreover, if your child misses too much school you will have to pay a fine and go to court.
- If your child is ill, you must call the school and give them the name and date of the birth of your child. If they are ill for more than a few days, go to the GP to get a sick note for your child and take this to the school.
When your child finishes school:
- When your child reaches 16 it’s a really good idea to find them a place at college or sixth form, so they can continue education. At college they can continue to improve their English and get a special training which could lead to them getting a job when they leave college at 18.
- A bonus of keeping your child in full time education until they are 18 is that you can continue to receive child benefit payments for them!