General Information

“Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full-time education”

Coventry’s Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) helps families who arrive in the city from overseas. For information on your child’s schooling and education click here.

Nursery Education

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare a year. This is often taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.

Primary Education

Primary schools in the city serve children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. In most areas one school will provide for all primary age pupils; in one area there is a separate school for Infants (aged 4-7) and Juniors (aged 8-11). Some schools also have Nursery Classes, which admit children in the academic year before they are due to start school.

Secondary School

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland pupils start secondary school in the September following their 11th birthday. Pupils can leave secondary school after their 16th birthday. In England, young people must remain in some form of further education or training until they are 18.

Higher education, skills and vocational training

Once students finish secondary school at 16 they are able to choose where and what they study.​ If they want to go on to university, students will usually choose to study A-Levels, at a local sixth-form or further education college. Another option is to work as an apprentice. This means young people learn a job-specific skill through a combination of work and study. 


British universities offer lots of different courses. However, whether you can study in the UK or not depends on your immigration status. Your status also affects the costs of your course.

ESOL Classes

English courses will help you to adapt to British communities. Improving your English will help you to communicate in your daily life with doctors, teachers, neighbours and understand the laws and the British values. 

Courses are run by Further Education, charities and local authorities

ESOL providers in Coventry:

  1. Adult Education
  2. St. Francis Of Assisi
  3. JCT Coventry
  4. Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
  5. Carriers of Hope
  6. Worker’ Educational Association
  7. Coventry College