Information for Parents and Carers

Please see a summary of the most important information about the University of Birmingham School below.


If your child is unable to attend School, please call the office on 0121 796 5000 or e-mail before 9:00am on the day. Phone lines will be open from 8am but you will be able to leave a voicemail stating your child's name, form and reason for absence before this time. If you call the office to confirm non-attendance, please provide a letter to the Attendance Officer in the School Office, stating when and why your child was absent from School on the first day of your child's return.

For medical or dental appointments, please bring an appointment card or letter confirming the date and time of the appointment ahead of time.

Requests for authorised absence must be addressed in writing to the Principal in advance.

Support for Pupils with Special Educational Needs

We are an inclusive school, and is important to us that all pupils are able to flourish here, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. To facilitate this, we have a dedicated area, Learning Support, from where we provide tailored support for all our students with Special Educational Needs. This is overseen by our experienced SEN Coordinator, Ms K Campbell, and her team. We also have close working relationships with specialist researchers at the University of Birmingham, and a wide range of educational support services. Find out further information about our inclusive approach here.


Our uniform policy for Years 7-11 balances a smart style with affordability, whilst the Sixth Form wear business attire. Please see our dress code page for more information.


Homework, or independent study, is a critical aspect of school life. The School remains open until 5.30pm for any pupils who want or need to complete their work in School after the School day finishes. Homework will not be set for Year 7 pupils until after the first half term.

School Meals

Eating together in our large atrium is an important part of our School day that we want everyone to enjoy. We have a fully equipped kitchen which provides a range of healthy hot lunches that pupils, staff and visitors can enjoy, as well as breakfast options, break time snacks and “grab and go” lunches for those busy with activities. We use a cashless system of payment, where students use a biometric print of their thumb to deduct the balance from their account. This can be topped up by parents online from home.

If you are a parent or carer, and receive any of the benefits below, then your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross household income of no more than £16,190)
- The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If your application for Free School Meals is successful, the University of Birmingham School will also receive extra funding from the Government to use in support of teaching and learning (Pupil Premium).

If you would like to apply for Free School Meals you can:
- Apply online at
- Ask at reception for further details.

Travel and transport

We see independent travel as part of our character education and expect pupils to walk to School or use public transport. The School is accessible by bus routes X64, 98, 61 and X61, and is a short walk from Selly Oak train station.

Our Governance

As a University Training School, the University of Birmingham School is a new model for the UK that came out of the 2010 White Paper “The Importance of Teaching”. We are an independent and free state school, that is governed by a Governing Body and Trust set up by the University. For more information see the Governance pages.  

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