Frequently asked questions about schools
- How do I apply for a school place?
- Can I change/add preferences on my application?
- What do I do if I live in Surrey but want to apply to a school outside Surrey?
- What are the school term and holiday dates?
- Are meals available at school?
- Where can I find a list of Surrey Schools?
- Are records kept on my child?
- How do I find a primary school for my child?
- What are the guidelines on payment of school trips?
- Can I take my child on holiday during term time?
- What do I do if my child is ill and cannot go to school?
- Who should I talk to if my child is experiencing difficulty attending school?
- I would like to become a school governor. What should I do?
- For how long do governors serve?
- What do school governors do?
- How do I request a lollipop person (School Crossing Patrol) for my child's school?
- Do I have to stop for a lollipop person (School Crossing Patrol)?
1. How do I apply for a school place?
Admissions information can be found on our School admissions page, including when and how apply.
2. Can I change/add preferences on my application?
You cannot change your preferences after the closing date unless there is a change in your circumstances.
3. What do I do if I live in Surrey but want to apply to a school outside Surrey?
If you are applying for a Reception, Year 3 or Year 7 place to start in September, you should complete the Surrey County Council application form even if the school you are applying for is outside Surrey.
4. What are the school term and holiday dates?
The School term and holiday dates are available on our website.
5. Are meals available at school?
Yes. Find out more about the supplier and discover whether you child is eligible for free school meals.
6. Where can I find a list of Surrey schools?
You can find a list of Surrey Maintained Schools on our website.
7. Are records kept on my child?
Yes, an educational record is kept, but access to a pupil's record is only permitted to the child concerned and his or her parents.
8. How do I find a primary school for my child?
You can use our Smart On-line system to search for schools near your home.
9. What are the guidelines on the payment of School Trips?
Generally, activities that take place during school hours, eg visits to museums, must be free. Charges may be made by schools for children attending residential courses arranged by a school, and the Gov.uk website has details of what kind of school activities are free and in what circumstances they may be charged for.
Although your child's school cannot charge for school-time activities, they may still invite voluntary contributions to make school funds go further. All requests for voluntary contributions must make it clear that the contributions would be voluntary, and that if you do not contribute your child would not be treated any differently. If a particular activity cannot take place without some help from you, the parent, this should be explained in the planning stage. Your child will not be excluded from an activity because you cannot or will not make a contribution of any kind.
The governing body of your child's school will have details of their charging policy, which you are entitled to see during school hours.
10. Can I take my child on holiday during term time?
If your child is ever off school you must tell the school why. If you want your child to miss school for a special reason you must ask the school for permission well in advance and give full details.
The school will give careful consideration to your application, and they may take your child's attendance record into account, but they may not necessarily agree to your request and therefore any absence would be unauthorised.
For more information on absence from school, read School Attendance - a guide for parents.
11. What do I do if my child is ill and cannot go to school?
You must contact the school as early as you can on the first day of absence (by phone, send a note or call at the school office).
On your child's return to school send a note to the school giving the reason for your child's absence. Remember to date and sign the note.
12. Who should I talk to if my child is experiencing difficulty attending school?
If, for whatever reason, your child is experiencing difficulty attending school, the Education Welfare Officer may be able to help. If the school have not already asked an Education Welfare Officer to visit you, you may make a direct referral by telephoning the Education Welfare service at your Local Area Office.
For more information on school attendance, read School Attendance - a guide to parents.
13. I would like to become a school governor. What should I do?
See Babcock Education's page on how to become a school governor for advice on whether you are a suitable candidate and on how to apply.
14. For how long do governors serve?
The term of office for a governor is four years. However, there are various regulations for each type of governor that may affect this rule. For example, although parent governors are able to serve their term even if their child leave the school, staff governors cannot do so if they are no longer employed by the school, and the Headteacher is a member of the governing body until he or she chooses not to be. Therefore, the term of office can be different for different types of governor.
15. What do school governors do?
The governing body of a school has a wide variety of duties including appointing the Headteacher, deciding how to spend the school budget, and deciding how the school should be run generally.
16. How do I request a lollipop person (School Crossing Patrol) for my child's school?
Any school in Surrey can apply for a lollipop person (school crossing patrol).
17. Do I have to stop for a lollipop person (School Crossing Patrol)?
Yes. The School crossing Patrol Act 1953 states that " when... a vehicle is approaching a place in a road where children on their way to or from school, or from one part of a school to another, are crossing or seeking to cross the road, a school crossing patrol wearing the uniform prescribed by the Secretary of State shall have the power, by exhibiting a prescribed sign, to require the person driving or propelling the vehicle to stop it".