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Deregistration from school

In England, when you want to remove a child from the school roll in order to home educate you need to go through the deregistration process. This involves writing to the headteacher or proprietor of the school.

Sample deregistration letter England

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Here is a suggested brief de-registration letter for those deregistering a child from a school in England. It doesn't need to be long or give any reasons for your decision or any details about your plans. If you have had a friendly relationship with the school you may like to add a note of thanks or give reason for your decision, but this is not necessary

Your address
The Date
Head teacher's Name

Dear Mr Taylor

Re: Catherine Jones (date of birth)

After careful consideration I/we have decided to withdraw my/our daughter from school as she is now receiving education otherwise than at school. Please delete her name from the register in accordance with Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 8(1)(d) 2006.

Please will you confirm receipt of this letter and inform us of the date that our daughter’s name was removed from the register.

Yours sincerely etc.

It is advisable to include the reference to the Pupil Registration Regulation as there have been instances of schools failing to know or obey the law, imagining wrongly that they have some discretion over whether or not to "allow" de-registration. Local authorities are not entitled to stipulate that the home education must be "approved" before the child's name can be taken off the school register. We also advise that your withdrawal letter be sent by post rather than solely by email.