Schools in Stoke-on-Trent

We want young people to have the skills, qualifications and aspirations to take advantage of the new employment opportunities arising from the city’s regeneration programme. Doing this will help us achieve the vision in our Children and Young People’s Plan – for all children and young people to be happy, safe and healthy, and inspired and enabled to succeed in all aspects of their life.

We are embracing the educational reforms set by government and, over the next two years, plan to continue the rapid improvements made in the city’s schools. Stoke-on-Trent is the sixth most improved authority (out of 151 authorities) for achievement in five or more A*-C grades including English and maths. The number of schools and settings judged as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ has increased and primary school absence levels reached its lowest ever rate. None of the schools run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council are judged to be failing by Ofsted inspectors. This achievement is rare for any education authority in the country.

We are creating new schools and academies to give young people a sense of ownership, increased confidence and recognition that a new school is an investment in their future. We want to see dramatic improvements in attendance, inclusion, attainment and enjoyment at school in Stoke-on-Trent. Through our £250million Building Schools for the Future investment programme, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to make our dream a reality. Building Schools for the Future will help transform lives in Stoke-on-Trent, by developing high quality teaching and learning delivered in 21st century facilities.

There are many different types of learning facilities in the city including:

  • Academies - are publicly funded independent local schools that provide free education. They are schools for pupils of all abilities established by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups. 
  • Community schools – are run by the local authority who will employ the staff; own the land and buildings; and decide the admissions criteria. They will also look to develop strong links with the local community.
  • Foundation schools – a non-denominational school where the governing body has the same power as the governing body of a voluntary aided school.
  • Foundation trust schools – are foundation schools supported by a charitable trust.
  • Voluntary aided schools – are mainly religious or faith schools, although anyone can apply for a place. The governing body employs the staff and sets the admission criteria.
  • Voluntary controlled schools - are similar to voluntary aided schools but are run by the local authority.

Finding local schools and academies:

The city council runs 98 nursery, primary, special and secondary schools in Stoke-on-Trent. You can find details about these schools by either: 

  • selecting the type of school you are interested in from the left of this page; or
  • using the ‘locate’ link at the top of this page to find schools nearest to a postcode of your choice.  

A full list of nurseries, primary, special and secondary schools complete with contact details can be found here.