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What School Next is the most up-to-date website to enable parents to find the most suitable secondary school for their children.

We currently list all the secondary schools in the South-East of England (Shortly to be all of England).

Here you can find everything from information on Admissions Policies, Catchment Areas and the different methods of transport available to your child, to travel to and from school.

Our class-leading website offers visitors the opportunity to compare schools to help simplify their choices.

The site also features a Services Directory to enable parents to find anything they need from Private Tutors to stationery, health advice to specialist clothing suppliers and much more.

We will shortly be including advice in relation to all manner of topics concerning education, including appeals procedures, financial information, where to obtain assistance with school fees, bullying and up-to-date legal advice on a number of education-related topics.

The information is there to enable parents to make the right choices for their children's secondary education in one place, in a familiar easy-to-use format.

We provide parents with answers!

What is What School Next?
The leading resource for parents looking for detailed information to help them find a suitable secondary school for their child, you know your child, we don't tell you which school to chose, we give you the information to help you make the right decision using your own criteria.
What kind of information can I find?
General information, examinations, fees, bursaries, scholarships, transport information, admission criteria, catchment areas, plus the ability to compare up to three schools at a time on one page, you want the information, we provide parents with the answers they need to the most relevant questions, to enable them to make the right decisions about the future education of their children.
Coming Soon
What do we do with the children at the weekends, at half-term and during the school holidays?
Answers to these questions and more are being collated and will be available very soon, through our directory.
Where can I find advice on health issues?
Very shortly we will be publishing advice on a number of health issues as guidance for parents with concerns about the health and welfare of their children, as well as these pages, there will be regular monthly features on health in our newsletter available to our subsrcibers via email.
What do all the school classifications mean?
Type of Establishment

Community
Similar to former County schools. The Local Authority employs the school's staff, owns the school's land and buildings and is the admissions authority (it has primary responsibility for deciding the arrangements for admitting pupils.

Voluntary Aided
Similar to those schools formerly called ‘Aided’ schools. The governing body is the employer and the admissions authority. The school's land and buildings (apart from playing fields which are normally vested in the Local Authority) will normally be owned by a charitable foundation.

Voluntary Controlled
Very similar to those schools formerly called ‘Controlled’ schools. The Local Authority is the employer and the admissions authority. The school's land and buildings (apart from the playing fields which are normally vested in the Local Authority) will normally be owned by a charitable foundation.

Foundation
At foundation schools the governing body is the employer and the admissions authority. The school's land and buildings are either owned by the governing body or by a charitable foundation.

City Technology College
Independent all- ability, non fee-paying schools for pupils aged 11-18. Their purpose is to offer pupils of all abilities in urban areas across England the opportunity to study successfully a curriculum geared, with the help of private sector sponsors, towards the world of work. They are also encouraged to innovate in the development, management and delivery of the curriculum.

Community Special
Is the special school equivalent of mainstream Community schools yet are catered wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

Non-Maintained Special
Independent special schools approved by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. They are run on a not-for-profit basis by charitable trusts and normally cater for children with severe and/or low incidence special educational needs.

Independent School approved for Pupils with Special Educational Needs(SEN)
A special school equivalent of Other Independent catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs. Has been approved by the Department for Families Education and Schools for Special Educational Needs provision.

Other Independent Special School
A special school equivalent of Other Independent catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

Other Independent
Any school which provides full time education for 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age, which is not maintained by a local education authority or a non-maintained special school.

Foundation Special
A special school equivalent of the mainstream Foundation school catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

Pupil Referral Unit
Any school established and maintained by a local authority which Is specially organised to provide education for children who are excluded, sick or otherwise unable to attend mainstream school and Is not a county or special school.

Playing for Success
Through Playing for Success, the Department for Families Education and Schools is establishing out of school hours study support centres within top football clubs and at other sports' clubs grounds and venues. The centres use the environment and medium of football to help motivate pupils identified by their schools, as being in need of a boost to help them get back up to speed in literacy and Information and Communication Technologies.

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