Renowned for having the highest proportion of Local Authority run schools with an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating and beating many English core cities in terms of GCSE grades, Birmingham offers some great education and facilities for pupils.

It is also home to 5 leading universities including Aston University, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University.

Key Facts

  • Birmingham is the best performing core city for attaining English Baccalaureate (GCSEs in core subjects)
  • Eight alumni from the University of Birmingham have been awarded a Nobel prize

Nurseries and Preschool

Children receive a great beginning to their education with centres and facilities, outstanding pre-schools and education entitlements in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Discover how your future council can assist your child in their early years.

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Primary Schools

There are over 300 primary schools in the Birmingham area alone and with results improving faster than the national average of the UK, Birmingham has an excellent reputation for primary education.

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Secondary Schools

Birmingham is one of the best performing core cities for secondary schools with more students in the city gaining GCSEs at a grades A*- C than the national average.

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Further Education

Students over 16 years of age who are looking to continue their education can choose from a large variety of college courses and apprenticeship options around Birmingham. In addition to colleges, there are 42 Birmingham Schools that have sixth forms providing students with the option to stay at their current schools for further education.

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Higher Education

Birmingham is one of the top three core cities for number of graduates, with over 25,000 students graduating from its five universities in the central area. This contributes to over one third of the overall number of graduates in the West Midlands.

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Grammar & Independent Schools

There are various renowned and prestigious grammar and independent schools in the Birmingham region. Your child's entry to all grammar schools in Birmingham is determined by their aptitude and entrance exam scores, meaning that they will be joining and learning among some of the brightest students in the region.

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Faith Schools

There are many schools in Birmingham and the surrounding areas that have religious teachings for different faiths. Closer to the centre of Birmingham is especially diverse with schools for Sikh and Muslim pupils from primary education through to higher education at sixth form.

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Special Needs Schools

There are schools throughout the Birmingham region that help and cater for pupils and students that have special needs or disabilities. Many cater for a wide range of special needs including emotional health and moderate learning difficulties whilst others have specialisms such schools for pupils with severe sight loss.

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