How to de-register a child from school (England and Wales)

(136 Posts)
Julienoshoes Mon 25-Feb-08 18:19:42

A thread for bumping up, for information, so we don't have to keep repeating ourselves.

You'll find a sample de-registration letter (England and Wales) and other information about the realities and legalities of home education on the Education Otherwise and Home Education UKwebsites.

It is recommended that you get a receipt for the letter.

You are not obliged to have any further contact with the school once they have received this letter.
You are not obliged to contact the LA yourself at all, that is the school's responsibility.

Note that if you were already being pursued for truancy, that offence still stands but your child cannot be a truant if they are not a registered pupil. If you are providing an education under s7 of the Education Act 1996 by the time it gets to court, you may be fined for the earlier truancy but it seems unlikely a court would order a parent to prison.

For information about home education in Scotland contact Schoolhouse

Phaedra11 Wed 08-Apr-15 20:21:54


Phaedra11 Thu 15-Jan-15 18:56:33

Thank you. Very helpful.

Saracen Tue 06-Jan-15 22:56:05

Yes, you can choose the date, and it can be whenever you want. In the deregistration letter, it would be a good idea to tell the school when your child's last day at school will be. Or if your child isn't coming back, say "with immediate effect".

maxybrown Tue 06-Jan-15 20:30:45

when you send your de registration letter do you give a date of when they will leave school? Can it essentially be when you say? Thank you smile

Snowfire Tue 25-Nov-14 18:23:02


bobbysgirlfirst Thu 25-Sep-14 21:51:31


Saracen Fri 18-Apr-14 03:33:55


IncognitoErgoSum Fri 11-Apr-14 08:23:44


julienoshoes Wed 26-Feb-14 15:18:41


julienoshoes Sat 07-Dec-13 20:45:05

bump for newbies

julienoshoes Mon 28-Oct-13 17:57:54


julienoshoes Mon 12-Aug-13 09:36:49


julienoshoes Sat 20-Jul-13 18:31:11


julienoshoes Tue 04-Jun-13 10:56:08


MollyNollyNoo Mon 01-Apr-13 09:46:34

No warning notice needed, I did book an appointment to chat with the headteacher and handed the letter to her, as per this link here it I asked her to give me a receipt for the letter. Then I went home, DD was taken off the register that day. The 2 websites in the OP have loads of information plus a very good standard letter which I used.

twinklesparkles Sun 31-Mar-13 23:48:07

Is there any notice warning you have to give the school?

Can you just show up one day, hand in deregsiter letter then take dcs out straight away? Or do you have to notify them of such and such a date they would be finishing school?

MaddestMother Sun 31-Mar-13 11:56:48

Thank you for this, I'm looking at withdrawing dd from school after the holiday and this, along with other interesting threads on here, has helped me realise I am finally doing the right thing for her.
She has had an awful year 7 so far in school & has become really anxious and showing signs of depression. Just the thought that I don't have to even talk about going back after Easter makes me feel like a huge weight has been lifted smile

SDeuchars Thu 21-Mar-13 23:23:13


SDeuchars Wed 13-Mar-13 22:34:10


mummytime Thu 07-Feb-13 17:02:11

I don't even HE (yet), and I can tell you she is just scare mongering you. Do use the two links, to get clued up before you do anything. Or most importantly agree to anyone visiting you etc.

MollyNollyNoo Thu 07-Feb-13 16:49:56

Thank you so much for bumping everyone, I really need this thread today!! I'm marking my place for later when I can concentrate when the DC's are in bed.

I have just spoken to DD's headteacher about various things, she told me that if we peruse the HE route all sorts of people will have to be involved and notified -she some how managed to convey that there would be a concern over DD's welfare. I am not easily panicked usually, but that give me a wobble.

julienoshoes Mon 21-Jan-13 21:48:39


SDeuchars Tue 04-Dec-12 10:54:49


julienoshoes Fri 02-Nov-12 15:29:52


julienoshoes Fri 05-Oct-12 16:47:16

bumping because there seems to be an awful lot of new home ed families around

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