Unregistered schools

A school must be registered with Ofsted if it offers full-time education and:

  • has five or more pupils of compulsory school age
  • is independent
  • has one or more pupils with a statement of special educational needs
  • has pupils who are looked after (within the meaning of section 22 of the Children Act 1989)

If a school is not registered it is illegal.  

If you think there may be an unregistered school in your area, please let us know. We'll take action to ensure all children are safe, and taught in a safe environment.