Education - RAF Cosford

Education Information - RAF Cosford

Local Authority Education Provision

Local authorities for Service Families’ Accommodation areas:

Shropshire Council
Shirehall, Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND

Shropshire Council Children & Young People’s Services
E mail –
01743 254459

Shropshire Council Admissions Advisers
01743 254331

Finding a School

In addition to the local authority website information above, there is a ‘schools finder’ facility on the Direct Gov website which allows you to search for schools and playgroups within a specific distance of your location. This provides details of all schools, their websites, Ofsted reports, term dates, transport and provision of special needs. To access this search engine go to

If you require a list of schools and early year’s facilities local to SFA within the area please contact the HIVE.

Entitlements and Applications

Pre-school and Nurseries (Early Years)
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). Free nursery education can take place in nurseries, playgroups, preschools or at their childminders. Some two year olds are also entitled to free childcare if certain criteria are met.

For more information about free nursery education you can log onto the relevant local authority website or contact the Family Information Service (FIS).

Childcare vouchers are available for Serving and MOD Personnel through the MOD Childcare voucher scheme. Please see for more details.

For additional information on afterschool clubs or registered child minders contact the HIVE or access

Pre-schools and Nurseries

Acorn Childcare Centre – RAF Cosford
01902 377221

Albrighton and Donington Nursery
Albrighton, WV7 3EP
01902 372800

St. Mary’s Nursery Group
Albrighton, WV7 3EP
01902 375533

Birchfield Prepcare Day Nursery
Albrighton, WV7 3AF
01902 375611

Country Kids
Brewood, ST19 9AP
01785 840372

Sandhills Day Nursery
Codsall, WV8 2HU
01902 844450

Bright Stars Nursery (opening September 2017)
Albrighton Primary School, WV7 3NJ
01902 372558

Primary and Secondary State Schools

Contact the local authority who will advise whether applications for schools outside your local area can be processed through them or whether you should liaise directly with the local authority in your new location. To identify the appropriate local authority in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland log onto

Applications for preferred schools require proof of permanent address. If you have difficulty in providing this a Posting Notice is usually sufficient to support the application.

The official database of schools in England with hyperlinks to schools in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is available at . This provides full details of schools and includes primary, secondary, special needs, state and private schools.

Online applications for school places can be made at where a postcode search links to the relevant page on the local authority’s website.

Ofsted reports can be accessed at

Remember to specify that your child is a service dependant as they attract the Service school premium. This is extra funding to the school provided by the Department for Education in respect of children of serving members of the Armed Forces.

MOD Moving School Packs to support children as they relocate are available from your HIVE

You will find details of how to make an appeal in the local authority’s admission letter outlining your offer. The letter will also specify a deadline that you must meet if you want to appeal. In some areas, you may be able to submit your appeal online. Full details are available at or from the Local Authority.

Community Development Officers (CDOs) at Stations are able to assist service personnel in the appeals process.

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) can also provide practical advice on many educational issues including the appeals process. Tel: 01980 618244

Special Needs
All local authorities have a duty to provide information, advice and support to parents of children with SEN. Most offer access to Independent Parental Supporters (IPSs) who are volunteers trained to provide individual support to parents. To find local Information Advice and Support Services (IASS) in England and Wales log onto

You can also contact SSAFA Additional Needs & Disability Adviser - Jane Barnes, Central Office Tel: 0207 463 9234.

If your child has special educational needs you are advised to contact the Children’s Educational Advisory Service (CEAS) to find out about registering your child with them; there are a number of ways in which they may be able to help you. The CEAS provide practical advice on many educational issues including the appeals process. For more information Tel: 01980 618244, Email: or visit

Important Dates

  • Application cut off dates for Reception places is the end of January.
  • Application cut off dates for secondary school places is the end of October.
  • For pupils entering Counties which still have grammar schools, the year 6 pupils sit the 11+ exam in September with the results being available in October in time for the application cut off date.

Post 16 Education

After completing secondary school education, post 16 learners have a choice of establishments providing education and training. These include further education, specialist colleges, sixth form colleges and work-based learning providers.

In addition, a range of training providers and colleges deliver apprenticeships and/or ‘Entry to Employment’ programmes for young people not in education, training or employment.

For further information on further education courses, funding and careers help for teenagers log onto

For details of additional post 16 education provision, Apprenticeships, Job search, Health and Social care log on to

Primary Schools

Albrighton Primary School
Albrighton, WV7 3QS
01902 372558

St. Mary’s CE School
Albrighton, WV7 3DS
01902 372885

Breakfast Clubs and After School Care

Albrighton Primary School
Albrighton, WV7 3QS
01902 372558

St. Mary’s CE School
Albrighton, WV7 3DS
01902 372885
07855 312208

Secondary Schools

Idsall School and Sixth Form College
Shifnal, TF 11 8PD
01952 468400

Special Schools

Shropshire County Council Inclusion Services
01743 254395

Private Schools

Tettenhall College
Wolverhampton, WV6 8QX
01902 751119

Birchfield School
Albrighton, WV7 3AF
01902 372534

Colleges and 6th Form

Idsall School and Sixth Form College
Shifnal, TF11 8PD
01952 468400

TCAT (Telford College of Arts & Technology)
Telford, TF1 2NP
01952 642237

New College
Telford, TF1 1NY
01952 641892

Adult Education

RAF Cosford Training and Learning Centre
Slessor Block
01902 377460

TCAT (Telford College of Arts & Technology)
Telford, TF1 2NP
01952 642237

Codsall Community High School
01902 434200

Telford Community Learning
01952 382181

Useful Websites
For all information on education and childcare-Families Information Service
PDF downloadable packs for parents and children to help with changing schools
Service Schools mobility toolkit
Support for Service Children
Information about education in Scotland
School inspection reports in Scotland
Information about education in Wales
School inspection reports in Wales
the leading organisation in the UK for special needs information linking you to a extensive list of organisations

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