If a local government refuses to co-ordinate an application for a school seat from parents who are now residing in another country but are relocating or returning to England, the admission authority for the school will have severe difficulties applying its admission regulations legitimately. The head of the admissions department would be well advised to avoid such cases completely if at all possible.
The only way that British schools can offer places to students from other countries is if they are satisfied that these students will be eligible to enter and remain in the UK after they have completed their studies. The Ministry of Education has set up a website where applicants can check whether or not their schools offer study permits: studyinengland.fco.gov.uk.
In addition, there is a charge for issuing permits. It costs £1350 for three years for full time students and £675 for part time ones. These fees are paid to the Home Office which in turn distributes them among the universities and colleges that grant them. There is no option to pay per place as with international applications.
It is very difficult for foreign students to obtain work permits. The ministry's study permit scheme was established to make life easier for those students who want to stay in Britain after they have finished their courses.
It is unclear how local authorities and admissions authorities should handle applications from foreign nationals or from other countries for a state-funded school place in England. When applying for a school spot, parents should follow the instructions provided. Foreign national children in the UK have the right to attend English schools in the majority of circumstances. However, there are some exceptions, such as if they have been placed in an English language teaching (ELT) course by a local authority without first considering whether another placement is available at an English school.
In addition, foreign nationals who arrive in the UK after their 16th birthday but before the beginning of the school year must usually apply for a visa extension to complete their secondary education. The Ministry of Justice can extend these visas for a maximum period of six months. Once this time limit has expired, more permanent immigration solutions may be required. Students who are unable to obtain the necessary documents to prove that they have her status valid will not be allowed to enter or remain in the country.
Schools in England are required to allocate places according to "equality of opportunity", which means that they cannot discriminate against applicants on any grounds, including nationality. If a parent or guardian believes that they have been discriminated against because of their nationality or ethnic origin, they should contact an equality officer at the school. The parent/guardian should also contact the School Admission Office (SAO) to discuss their options.
School admissions officials shall not refuse to admit a kid or remove them from the roll based on their nationality or immigration status. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if there is a problem with their documents, then the school may decide to reject them. Also, if the student comes from an area where there has been a high level of violence against foreigners, then the school may want to keep them away from more vulnerable peers.
There have been cases where British schools have refused to accept foreign students. For example, in 2004, three Indian girls were forced to leave St Mary's Catholic College in Surrey after officials there refused to accept them. The girls' documents had been rejected because they were unable to provide evidence that they could pay the fee required to be admitted. In another case, in 2001, a Sudanese boy was denied entry into Westminster School in London. The director of admissions explained that they did not take boys from countries where there was a risk of genocide.
However, most British schools will accept foreign nationals if they meet the criteria set by admissions officers. These include exams such as the Cambridge Certificate and International Baccalaureate, but also factors such as location, type of school, and amount of funding available.
There are no laws stating that you cannot apply for a school place if you live outside of your catchment region. However, if applications for that school are high from families who already have a child there, or from within the school's catchment area, your chances of gaining a seat will be considerably decreased. They may also choose to limit admissions due to capacity issues within the building.
So in conclusion, you can apply for a school place anywhere you like, but don't expect to get one if most people living near you are also trying to get a place.
If your kid is not granted a place at any of your favourite schools and you reside in Hertfordshire, you will normally be assigned a place at the next suitable school to your home address with vacant spaces. This may not be a Hertfordshire school, but rather a school or academy that is in charge of its own admissions. If there are no suitable places available at nearby Hertfordshire schools, then you will be invited to apply to a school in another county or state of England.
In some rare cases, where there are more applicants than places available, it is possible that none of these schools will be able to offer a place. In this case, you will be notified by letter informing you of this fact and other options may be available to you. For example, some schools may have open days when they accept visitors to see if the atmosphere is right for their family. There may also be private schools that operate on similar principles to Hertfordshire schools but which do not receive government funding.
The choices are many and varied so don't feel like you're on your own. We are here to help and advise you at every stage of the process.
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