If you are requesting a change of school that is not as a result of a house move, before making a definite decision to transfer to another school, you should think very carefully and talk through the issue with your child’s present school. Consider the following:
- Pastoral Care – the child will need to build new friendships and get used to a new teacher.
- Curriculum – although there is a National Curriculum, each school will deliver a part of this curriculum at different stages and times during the school year.
- Years 10 & 11 – you should be aware that moving a child in these particular year groups may not always be in the best interest of the child. Not all schools offer the same subjects at examination level and may use different exam boards and offer different syllabuses.
- Transport – Dudley Council may not provide a travel pass for your child if you live outside the travel limits of the new school. Click here to review Transport Criteria
- Costs – All Dudley schools have a school uniform which all pupils will be expected to wear.
You are encouraged to consider the above points, decide whether a transfer is really the best option and discuss your concerns with staff at the child’s current school. A change in school does not always lead to improvements in a pupil’s behaviour. Moving your child to another school is a very serious step, it will not always solve the problem and can sometimes be more detrimental than helpful.
If you still feel that a school transfer is required you will need to contact Dudley Council Plus (0300 555 2345) and request a school admissions in-year transfer form. You should discuss your wishes with the headteacher or a senior member of staff at the current school.