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Can you apply for state schools in advance?

Applying for state schools, also called public schools in other countries (but not in the UK!), represents a headache for families moving to London from abroad.

Very often families spend months planning their move to London, with activities ranging from choosing their neighbourhood, securing a school place for the children, finding a place to rent, moving their belongings, etc.

This means that children would start school in London (or the UK) a few months after the state school applications have been submitted. The question which then arises is whether it is possible to apply for state schools in advance.

Can you apply for state schools in advance?

1. The principles of free education in the UK

There are 2 main principles behind state schools in the UK:

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