You may need to book a place soon after birth in the private sector; for the best state schools you have three or four years to move into the catchment area. If you are after a religious school, take a careful note of its admissions arrangements, and of the admissions arrangements of the religious secondary school too (you can miss out on some Catholic schools because you did not baptise your child within six months of birth); at the very least you are likely to have to go to church every week. The main choice is between state and private education and nowadays you can definitely mix and match. Although, how you do it will very much depend on where you live (are there good local primaries, excellent comprehensives, grammar schools?); the sex of your child (in general pay for boys before girls, they need all the help they can get); the religion you practise (convert to Catholicism and go straight to education heaven); and, of course, upon your child’s personality and ability.
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