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Primary schools

There are more than 350 primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire.

You can send your child to one of four different types of school:

  • Community schools – these are run by the County Council and are non-denominational. This means they’re not linked to any particular church or religion. The majority of schools in Nottinghamshire are Community schools.
  • Voluntary aided schools are partly maintained by voluntary organisations and religious teaching is controlled by the governors
  • Voluntary controlled schools were originally set up by organisations like the Church of England but are now run by the County Council with the governors agreeing the religious education content of the national curriculum
  • Foundation schools were set up by trustees who are independent of the school’s governing body.

Places at community and voluntary controlled schools are allocated by school catchment areas. The catchment area is a geographical boundary around the school.

Your local school will be worked out from which school’s catchment area covers your home address. You can check your school catchment area online.

Voluntary aided and foundation schools make their own decisions on admissions through their governing bodies.

If you prefer, instead of sending your child to your local catchment school you can send your child to a school of your choice.

Ofsted reports, school performance tables and a personal visit to the school can all be useful to help you decide which school to send your child to.


For more information contact us.

See also

School bus passes
Ofsted reports

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