A helpful guide to finding a school in Birmingham

  • Welcome to MyEd: About

    Finding information to choose the right school for your child can be stressful and time consuming.  Parents have to find information on a range of factors such as catchment areas, performance tables, inspection reports, school performance, teaching staff and the social mix of pupils from many different sources. They also have to plan the possible routes to get to school and follow a strict applications process.

    We aim to make the process of finding advice, guidance and information on schools easier, by making all of this information available in one place at MyEd.com

    The steps below provide advice and the important dates to remember for parents who reside in Birmingham and who will be applying for a place for their child to start  Year 7 at a Birmingham secondary school through Birmingham City Council (BCC) School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service.

    Note: MyEd.com is an independent business and not part of BCC.

  • Step One: Guidance

    If you are searching for a school for the first time or want to consider a different school, our advice is to research the admissions criteria for schools that you are interested in and visit as many of the schools that you will list as part of the application process.

    Before you begin your search, you should consider your requirements for schools that you will apply to.  This will obviously include location but you may also want to search and shortlist schools by Ofsted rating, type of school, faith and/or size of school, for example.

    Simply enter your postcode in the search bar above, select the radius of your search and begin.  You can filter your search, compare  and save schools that you may wish to apply to or that you would like to visit.

  • Step Two: Advice

    We aim to provide impartial and unbiased advice.  We have prepared the articles in our Advice Centre to help parents get a better understanding of the choices available.

    The School Admissions team at Birmingham City Council have also put together a wealth of information on schools in the city and important guidance for parents.

  • Step Three: Know the important dates

    For applications through Birmingham City Council School Admissions, the important dates and deadlines to note are as follows.

    September 2017:
    Open day sessions held at Secondary Schools across the City.

    13th October 2017:
    The results of Birmingham Grammar Schools tests.

    31st October 2017:
    The final date for Year 7 secondary school applications.

    1st March 2018:
    National Offers Day: offers of a school place

    16th March 2018:
    Acceptance of offer for school place

    29th March 2018:
    You must complete any appeal forms for Birmingham community schools and the majority of academies and return them by this date to Birmingham City Council, School Admissions.

    9th June 2018:
    Date by which all appeals that have been submitted on time for secondary schools will be heard.

    4th July 2018:
    Year 7 Induction Day

    September 2018:
    Start School in Year 7.

  • Step Four: Search

    Search for information on Schools in Birmingham.  Simply enter your location or postcode in the search bar at the top of the page for a list of schools in your area.

    You will be shown a list of schools which you can filter by: level of education, type of school, religious character, Ofsted results or SEN priorities.  For Birmingham Schools you can also see the Schools admissions information and oversubscription criteria.

    The information is displayed in an easy to read format with lots of additional information to help you make the important selection decisions.

  • Step Five: Compare and Shortlist

    MyEd.com allows you to quickly compare schools by Ofsted results, pupil performance, school size and census.

    To help you determine the schools that you wish to visit or to apply for a place you can save the schools that you wish to shortlist and remove those that you no longer want to consider.

  • Step Six: Visit

    Most schools hold open sessions for parents to attend.  It is strongly advisable to attend as many open events for schools that you are considering to apply to.

    School open sessions normally involve a welcome from the head teacher, a presentation about the school, a tour of the school classrooms and a questions and answers session.

    For more information about making the most of attending a school open event, read our article in our Advice Centre.

  • Step Seven: Apply

    For applications through  Birmingham City Council up to six choices can be listed in order of preference.  You can either make an online application or return a completed preference form to the Council’s School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service.

  • Step Eight: Accept

    You will be notified through the Council of the school place offered to your child.  There is a deadline to accept the offer.  Parents can appeal if they are not satisfied with their place, however it is advised that parents thoroughly read the school oversubscription criteria to understand how the school’s allocate places when there are more applicants than places available.

  • Step Nine: Prepare for school

    The school that your child will be attending will write to you with information about the school and its requirements.  They will also advise on where to purchase a school uniform and other items that your child will need to start school.

  • Step Ten: Start School

    The next 5 years will help shape the decisions your child will make for their future as they become a young adult.  School provides the opportunity to explore new subjects and understand what children enjoy learning most.

    Always have fun, be safe and eat well.

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    MyEd.com, find a place to learn – from cradle to career.

  • Welcome to MyEd: About

    We created MyEd.com to save parents time and make it easier to search for information on schools.  You can view Ofsted results, pupil performance statistics, admissions criteria, schools census information and much more, all in one place.

    The steps below provide advice and the important dates to remember for parents who reside in Birmingham and who will be applying for a place for their at a Birmingham primary school Reception class through Birmingham City Council (BCC) School Admission and Pupil Placements Service.

    Note: MyEd.com is an independent business and not part of BCC.

  • Step One: Guidance

    Often parents who have a child already attending a primary school will send their younger child to the same school.

    If you are searching for a school for the first time or want to consider a different school, our advice is to research the admissions criteria for schools that you are interested in and visit as many of the schools that you will list as part of the application process.

    Before you begin your search, you should consider your requirements for schools that you will apply to.  This will obviously include location but you may also want to search and shortlist schools by Ofsted rating, type of school, faith and/or size of school, for example.

    Simply enter your postcode in the search bar above, select the radius of your search and begin.  You can filter your search, compare  and save schools that you may wish to apply to or that you would like to visit.

  • Step Two: Advice

    We aim to provide impartial and unbiased advice.  We have prepared the articles in our Advice Centre to help parents get a better understanding of the choices available.

    The School Admissions team at Birmingham City Council have also put together a wealth of information on schools in the city and important guidance for parents.

  • Step Three: Know the important dates

    For applications through Birmingham City Council School Admissions, the important dates and deadlines to note are as follows.

    2nd October 2017:
    Application to Primary Schools open.

    October – November 2017:
    Schools hold open session events for parents to visit, meet teachers, have a tour of the school, ask questions, understand the schools admissions and the oversubscription criteria.

    4th December 2017:
    Birmingham City Council strongly advise that parents should apply online or returned a completed preference form to the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service by this date.

    15th January 2018:
    This is the final closing date for acceptance of preference forms and online applications or change of preferences due to changing address and other circumstances.

    27th February 2018:
    Deadline for acceptance of late applications where there are accepted exceptional circumstances.

    16th April 2018:
    Letters notifying applicants of the reception class place offered to their child will be emailed to parents who applied by 15th January 2018.

    4th May 2018:
    Deadline date for acceptance of reception class place offers.

    10th May 2018:
    First reallocation round for late applications received between 16th January and 29th April.

    22nd May 2018:
    Any appeal forms for community and voluntary controlled schools should be returned to the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service by this date.  Some foundation, voluntary aided, free schools and academies may have different appeal procedures. You should contact the school/academy direct or the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service for further information.

    11th June 2018:
    Second reallocation round for late applications received between 30th April and 5th June 2018.

    2nd July 2018:
    Third reallocation round for late applications received between 6th June and 25th June 2018.

    September 2018:
    School starts. The school that your child will be attending will inform you about arrangements for starting reception class.

  • Step Four: Search

    Search for information on Schools in Birmingham.  Simply enter your location or postcode in the search bar at the top of the page for a list of schools in your area.

    You will be shown a list of schools which you can filter by: level of education, type of school, religious character, Ofsted results or SEN priorities.  For Birmingham Schools you can also see the Schools admissions information and oversubscription criteria.

    The information is displayed in an easy to read format with lots of additional information to help you make the important selection decisions.

  • Step Five: Compare and Shortlist

    MyEd.com allows you to quickly compare schools by Ofsted results, pupil performance, school size and census.

    To help you determine the schools that you wish to visit or to apply for a place you can save the schools that you wish to shortlist and remove those that you no longer want to consider.

  • Step Six: Visit

    Most schools hold open sessions for parents to attend.  It is strongly advisable to attend as many open events for schools that you are considering to apply to.School open sessions normally involve a welcome from the head teacher, a presentation about the school, a tour of the school classrooms and a questions and answers session.For more information about making the most of attending a school open event, read our article in our Advice Centre.

  • Step Seven: Apply

    For applications through  Birmingham City Council up to three choices can be listed in order of preference.  You can either make an online application or return a completed preference form to the School Admissions and Pupil Placements service.

  • Step Eight: Accept

    Birmingham City Council will notify you of the reception class place that has been offered to your child.  There is a deadline to accept the offer.  Parents can appeal if they are not satisfied with the school they have been offered, however it is advised that they throughly read the school’s oversubscription criteria to understand how the school allocate places when there are more applicants than places available.

  • Step Nine: Prepare for School

    The school that your child will be starting will write to you with information about starting reception class.

    The school reception class teacher and their assistant may visit you and your child at home. This is a way of introducing your child to their new teacher and provide information to prepare to start school.

  • Step Ten: Start School

    A big day for both children and parents.

    Remember that learning is fun and exciting. School is a great place to make new friends and start new adventures. Teachers will introduce new learning to spark imagination and creativity.

    Always have fun, be safe and eat well.

  • We will be here for the next step:

    MyEd.com, find a place to learn – from cradle to career.

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