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Choice Advice Service

The Choice Advice service offers impartial guidance, support and information to any parent choosing a school for their child/children who live in Nottingham. 

Parents may find the service particularly useful when their child/children are in year 5 and 6 and moving on to secondary school.

What a Choice Adviser Can do for You

A choice adviser will aim to make sure you have a full understanding of all the information available and that it is presented clearly to you. This could include:

  • How the school transfer and admissions process works, e.g. offering assistance in filling in forms both for Nottingham and other local authorities
  • Provide impartial information about local schools
  • Help you find out about schools that will best suit your child's needs
  • Tell you about provision for children with special educational needs
  • Inform you about the various admissions polices for different types of schools in the area
  • Give information on travel and uniform policies
  • Discuss options available to you if you are not offered your preferred school. This includes guidance through the appeals process and the equal preference scheme

What 'Choice' You Have

Although we talk about choice, as a parent you only have the right to express a preference for a school for your child/children. If you are making a decision about your child starting primary or moving to secondary school you should read the Going to School in Nottingham booklet, a guide to admission arrangements for the relevant school year produced by Nottingham City Council's School Admissions and Exclusion Team.

Read 'Going to School in Nottingham'

Going to School in Nottingham is our complete brochure of information to help you apply for your child's school place. We encourage all parents/carers to read through the booklet in order to gather as much information as possible about the application process.

Is the Choice Adviser and information they give impartial and in confidence?

Choice Advice aims to give an impartial service to all parents.  It will offer information and support to help you come to your decision, however our advisers will not make a decision for you or give direct advice, nor can a choice adviser recommend or guarantee a place at any school. Confidentiality is always respected and information will only be shared with parent's permission.

Contact Choice Advice Service

Choice Advisors are part of the Children and Families Information Service. The service works across the city offering information, advice and assistance to parents and carers about a wide range of family support issues. The Children and Families Information Service is operated by Nottingham City Council Children and Families Service.

We can give you advice over the telephone or arrange to meet you face to face. We also organise drop in sessions at primary schools across Nottingham. We are also out and about across the City at community events and venues. Look out for us in your area.

Call the Nottingham City Council's Families Information Service on freephone 0800 458 4114 between 8.30am and 5pm, five days a week.

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