Education in Birmingham

What types of schools do most expats in Birmingham choose for their children?

Many expats favour private or independent schools, as state schools have catchment areas for residents. You need to apply for private schooling early.

What are some examples of these schools?

The education system in Birmingham is of a high standard. Contact Crown to help you find the best schooling for your children.

Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

Yes, because the state schools have catchment areas.

Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

Yes, there are many preschools to choose from. See the below link for early education advice.

How are most kids transported to and from school?

Most children travel to school by car with their parents or catch a local bus.

When does the typical school year start and end?

School begins in September and ends in July. A typical school day runs from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

State schools rely solely on catchment areas for their enrolments. Private schools are less strict on catchment areas, but prospective students may be required to take exams for entry.
There are also grammar schools - a type of school that enrols same sex or religion only. For private and grammar schools, expect to pay high fees.
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