Providing education in Essex
We are responsible for providing education for children and young people in Essex. Our role is to:
- ensure there are sufficient school places for children that need them
- assess and provide home to school transport
- provide support services for schools
- help the government put in place initiatives and legislation relating to schools, children and families
- allocate finance to schools
We are the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in Essex. Find out more on our school admission arrangements page.
Type of schools
In Essex primary education is provided at either:
- infant schools (ages 4 to 7)
- junior schools (ages 7 to 11)
- primary schools (ages 4 to 11)
Children who attend an infant school can transfer to a junior or primary school at the end of year 2.
Secondary schools are for children aged of 11 to 16, and up to 18.
GOV.UK has information on the different types of school. They also provide advice on choosing a school and finding a school to suit your child.
See school admissions for information about applying for school places and to find school information.