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Choosing a school

Before deciding which school is right for your child, you should find out as much as possible about the schools you're interested in. As well as the information on this page, you can also find out about choosing a school on GOV.UK.

Check the list of schools in Middlesbrough

The Family Service Directory provides a list of all schools in Middlesbrough, including those with special needs bases.

Middlesbrough's Local Offer has a range of information and services to support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, including more information on special needs bases and how to access a place in a base.

Read school prospectuses

All schools publish a prospectus which gives information about the school, including the subjects on offer, extra curricular activities, arrangements for uniforms and school meals, and policies on behaviour, discipline, Special Educational Needs etc.

Visit the schools you're interested in

This will give you first hand experience of the facilities and teaching staff, and allow you to ask any questions you may have. Open evenings are usually held for secondary schools in the autumn term. Check the school admissions guide for parents for dates.

Read Ofsted reports

Ofsted is the part of the government responsible for carrying out inspections of all schools. Every school is inspected by Ofsted, and a report is written about it. Reports are available via the Ofsted website, in your local library, or from the school concerned (there may be a small charge to cover photocopying costs).

Look at school performance tables

School performance tables are available online, and in some local libraries. Please note, these should only be used as one part of your overall decision about the school you feel is most appropriate for your child.

SEND Local Offer

Middlesbrough's Local Offer has information and advice about services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This includes information about education, schools, and training.