Education / Освіта
All children living in the UK have a right to access a school in England, irrespective of their nationality. This is made clear on the Department for Education website, which states that:
"School admission authorities must not refuse to admit a child on the basis of their nationality or immigration status nor remove them from roll on this basis."
The School Admissions Code applies to the admission to school of children from Ukraine in exactly the same way as it does to all other children.
Local authorities have a duty under section 86 (1A) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to support local parents in choosing schools.
Schools’ admission arrangements apply in the normal way. When parents apply for a school place, they must apply to the school, with the School Admissions Code stating that schools should aim to notify parents of the outcome of an application for a place at their school within ten school days and that they must do so within 15 school days. Where there are no school places within a reasonable distance of the child’s home, the local authority will use its fair access protocol to place them within 20 school days.
Annex A of the welcome pack for people coming to the UK from Ukraine provides advice for parents on navigating the English school admissions system.
An in-year application form must be used when applying to a school for a school place. The form that must be used is linked to this page.
Any enquiries regarding securing a school place in a Shropshire school can be directed to Childrenemail@example.com, in particular in relation to which schools currently have vacancies.
DfE resource pack
The Department for Education has published a resource pack with links to further information for schools and colleges with Ukrainian students, including:
- Guides to the English education system
- Mental health and wellbeing support
- English language support
- Short courses
- General FAQs are attached to this page, but Shropshire-specific ones are also available
- Wiltshire Council has compiled a collection of useful resources, websites and guidance to support Ukrainian students starting school in the UK
The Department for Education has provided some specific FAQs regarding securing school places based on queries they’ve received about children from Ukraine, as follows...