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The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (SI2006/1751)

Under regulation 8(1)(d), a 'school-age' pupil's name is to be deleted from the admissions register if:

"he has ceased to attend the school and the proprietor has received written notification from the parent that the pupil is receiving education otherwise than at school; "
Your letter to the school does not have to be long, nor does it have to give your reasons for deregistering your child. However, you may wish to use the opportunity to refer to either a good, or a bad relationship with the school. Education Otherwise suggest the following format:

Your address
The Date
Head teacher's Name

School name and address

Dear (Head's name)

Name of child . Date of birth

I am writing to inform you that I/we have decided to withdraw our son/daughter from school in order to take personal responsibility for her education. Please delete her name from the register in accordance with Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 8(1)(d) 2006, as she is now receiving education otherwise than at school.

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 in the matter. Often they will refer to the law pre-1995 where you had to wait for approval from the LEA before the child's name could be deleted. This no longer applies and the child's name should be deleted immediately. You are not obliged to have any further contact with the school once they have received this letter. The proprietor of the school has to tell the LEA (Regulation 12 (3)):
"as soon as the ground for deletion is met in relation to that pupil, and in any event no later than deleting the pupil's name from the register".

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