We finally decided to bite the bullet and de-register our kids from school two weeks ago. Fortunately for us, it was a rather seamless and uneventful process … not that we are complaining and I’m not sure what I was expecting to be honest! We started by having a zoom meeting with the headmistress to inform her of our intentions. She was very understanding and encouraging. The next step was to send a formal letter to the school, this is what we wrote:
I am writing to inform you that my children, x, xx, and xxx are receiving an education at home, otherwise than at school in accordance with Section 7 of the Education Act 1996.
Therefore, please remove their names from the school register as from 5th July 2020 in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 2016 section 8(1)(d) for mainstream schools.
Please confirm in writing that my children have been removed from the school register.
I wish all future communications to be in writing to my address (See above).
About 10 days later, I got an email from the school confirming that the borough has received and accepted our homeschooling request and that the school will now remove my children from the register.
That was it!
I had mixed emotions though: I was scared and excited to be formally homeschooling – and not sending my kids to public school. I was sad looking through all their school progress books and sad for the things they might be missing out on by not going to school. I was also grateful to have this opportunity to home educate my kids, and I was looking forward to everything we would learn and experience together.
I realized that this was going to make me rely on the Lord more as I acknowledged that I couldn’t do this all by myself, I don’t have the wisdom or the strength or the patience.
So here’s to walking by faith, trusting that the Lord will lead the way…