A sample letter to deregister children from state schools

An example of a letter for parents to withdraw a child from a state school in England and Wales. It should also be suitable for use in Northern Ireland although parents are advised contact HEDNI beforehand. If you modify the letter then make sure you state that your child is currently receiving an education otherwise than at school, or is home educated, for it to be valid.

Dear [insert the head teacher's name here]

After careful consideration I have decided to withdraw [insert your child's name here] from school in order to take personal responsibility for their education. Please delete their name from the register in accordance with Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 8(1)(d) 2006, as they are now receiving education otherwise than at school.

Please will you confirm receipt of this letter and inform us of the date that [insert your child's name here] was removed from the register.

Yours sincerely
[insert your name here]

The procedure to withdraw children from a state school is Scotland is completely different from that in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is described in detail on the Schoolhouse website.