School admissions in Reading are delivered by Brighter Futures for Children, on behalf of Reading Borough Council.
For information on School Admissions please visit Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) ~ School Admissions
If you are thinking of educating your child at home and would like to find out more, please click on Elective Home Education
The following link enables you to compare junior schools, secondary schools and post 16 schools and colleges in England. https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/
Reviewed - September 2020
Updated - January 2022
There are a number of special schools and resource bases in the Reading Borough, which each have their own admissions criteria:
All age special school for children with complex needs, including autism.
0118 937 5554
Primary special school for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
0118 937 5489
Hamilton School – Amended from Phoenix College
Secondary special school for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
0118 937 5524
Secondary mainstream school with a resource for pupils with an autistic spectrum condition.
0118 957 4730
Primary mainstream school with a resource for pupils with an autistic spectrum condition.
0118 937 5434
Primary mainstream school with a resource for pupils with speech & language and communication difficulties.
0118 937 5470
Secondary mainstream school with a resource for pupils with a visual impairment.
0118 937 5800
Mainstream nursery with a resource for pupils with an autistic spectrum condition.
0118 937 5580
Secondary mainstream school resource for pupils with moderate learning difficulties
0118 959 0466
All age special school for children with a diagnosis of Autism
0118 9424 750
Section 41 Secretary of State Approved List are institutions who have successfully completed the Section 41 (Children and Families Act 2014) application process for Out of area provision.
Section 41 of the Act allows the Secretary of State, by order, to publish a list of approved independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools – England and Wales and Special Post-16 institutions) for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care plan by local authorities) of the Act. Institutions can only be included on the list with their consent.
Non Maintained Independent Special Schools are schools in England, which are independent schools and non-maintained special schools that charge fees for placements for children with special educational needs and are registered with the Department for Education.
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To find out more about Elective Home Education, visit the Brighter Futures for Children website, where you will be able to access the parents guide, and further information on home schooling. Elective Home Education
If parent / carers want general information, advice and guidance around home education, they can contact the Family Information Service, firstname.lastname@example.org 0118 9373777 (option 2) lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, or visit www.readingfis.org