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Reading Borough Council,
Civic Offices,
Reading, RG1 7AE
Tel: 0118 937 37 37
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Information for Parents about Education

We have full details of the state and private schools in Reading and can signpost you to your local authority and Independent Schools Information Service (ISIS).

For more information about schools in Reading click here

Click here to view the 'Getting Your Child Ready to Start School' Transition document.

Click here for Ace Advice Lines
Click here for Admissions
Click here for Ofsted Feedback
Click here for Private Tuition
Click here for Schools Search
Click here for Secondary School Transfer
Click here for Student Finance
Click here for Term Dates
Click here for UCAS

Ace Advice Lines

ACE provides free independent advice and information for parents and carers in England and Wales on a range of state education and schooling issues.

To speak to an adviser call: ACE Advice Line 0300 0115 142
Opening hours: Our telephone advice lines are open Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.
Click here for more information.


Reading School Admissions
Click here to download the Reading Primary School Admissions Brochure 2013-2014.

Click here to download the Reading Secondary School Admissions Brochure 2014-2015.

Ofsted Feedback

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school. Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Ofsted will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when.

Private Tuition

Tutor Hunt
Tutor Hunt is a service for both pupils and tutors wishing to advertise their service on the site. It is a free service, enabling primary age children, GCSE or A-Level students, or adult learners to find suitable tutors in their area. Click here for more information.

First Tutors
First Tutors offers private tuition at primary, secondary and degree level and also helps families searching for music tuition. Their directory of tutors specialise in all academic subjects such as English, Maths and Science, as well as niche subjects, catering for all individual needs.

A free service for home/personal tutors to list their tuition services, and for parents or students to locate suitable tutors. Tuition is available for a wide selection of academic subjects, from KS1 to GCSE. A Level and university levels catered for, including adult learners. Click here for more information.

The Tutor Pages
Since 2008, The Tutor Pages has been providing useful information and advice on all aspects of the UK private tuition industry, an advice and information portal which includes a directory of UK

A national company with tutors in the area. Kumon runs after-school Maths and English classes for children of all ages and abilities, where they work through the programme at a pace that is tailored to their needs. Click here for more information.

Schools Search

The following search facility will find the designated area schools for a specified Reading address. Each community school has a designated area. It is sometimes known as 'catchment area'.

Click here to start a search.

Secondary School Transfer

The Choice Advice Service
Help for Parents and Carers of year 6 pupils going through the secondary School transfer

Considering which secondary school you would prefer your child to attend is a very important decision and can be confusing. This service is in place to help parents make that decision. The choice advisor can offer free and impartial advice and support (but cannot guarantee you a place at your preferred school).

Click here to download more information

Tel: 0118 939 9821 or email:

Student Finance

If you are aged 16 – 19 yrs and in full time education:
In England the Government has provided schools, colleges and training providers with funds in the form of a bursary to help students who are facing financial hardship, based on the household income.

University Students
For university students there are several ways of accessing money. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan, a Maintenance Loan, a Maintenance Grant (for low income households), Extra Financial help if you have dependants or a disability, Scholarships and Bursaries from your college or university.

For more information please click here.

Term Dates

Click here for 2012-2013 School Term Dates.


The organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Not only do we process more than two million applications for full-time undergraduate courses every year, but we help students to find the right course. We try to make things run as smoothly as possible by providing innovative online tools which make it easier for students and higher education institutions (HEIs) to manage applications and offers.


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