Transferring to a Portuguese school: When to apply?
Transferring to a Portuguese school is top priority and a legal requirement, if your child is at school age, from 6 to 18 years old. This is one of the first things you will need to do upon arrival, unless you are moving during the summer holidays, in which case you have more margin.
New comers, can enroll at school any time of the year, and as soon as possible.
If you have the chance to time your move around the school, it is always better to move in the beginning of the school year. This will give the school the chance to open an extra class to accommodate the newcomers, if needed.
Transferring to a Portuguese school: equivalence
When moving to Portugal, you will need equivalence, if your child is on the second school year or above. This equivalence, tells the Portuguese school which class the child should join.
Transferring to a Portuguese school: what documents?
To enroll your child at school you will need at least a few documents to start the process. some However, do not worry if you are missing some of these. because schools are quite good in accommodating new students from abroad, and take them in while you take care of the paperwork.
The few documents you must have with you are as follows:
- Child’s and parent’s Passport
- Child’s NIF and parents NIF
- Child’s pass photo
Once you enroll, expect your child to start school in a matter of a few days.
Meanwhile, you will be working on getting the other documents required by school, and that usually take longer to be ready.
From the country of origin, you will need an official Portuguese translation of the” end-of-year report”. This, must indicate the successfully completed school year, cycle or course, as well as the final grade. The translated document must be authenticated by the Portuguese Consulate in that country, or by the country of origin’s consulate in Portugal. Alternatively, the document can be apostilled in the country of origin.
The Portuguese papers that you will need include the following:
- National Health System user number numero de Utente, which you will only be able to apply after 3 months in the country
- Registration certificate from GP Centro de Saude. You will get this when you apply for a numero de utente
- Up to date vaccine booklet
- Vaccine certificate signed by the nurse at the Centro de Saude;
- Social security, not mandatory.
Where to submit these documents?
To the main school of the area you are applying, Sede. In Ericeira, for instance, this will be EB Antonio Bento Franco.
Transferring to a Portuguese school: how long is the wait?
Once gather the basic documents and start the enrollment at school, your child should start her classes in a matter of a couple of days. Provided there is a place at that school. Otherwise, the waiting can be a it longer, as the main school, Sede, will be looking for a place in the next most suitable school in the area.
In Ericeria, for instance, this may be one of the 4 primary schools in the Agrupamento Escolar de Ericeira (Carvoeira, Encarnacao, Santo Isidoro and Ericeira) or, the primary and middle school EB Antonio Bento Franco.
Otherwise, your child can go to one of the 6 schools in the Agrupamento de Mafra. These include the middle and secondary
main school Sede, as well as the primary schools Helia Correira em Mafra, Sanches Brito, in A da Pera (just outside Mafra, on the main road to Ericeira), EB das Freguesias de Igreja Nova e Cheleiros, EB de Sao Miguel e Alcoinca or, EB do Sobral da Abelheira.
Transferring to a Portuguese school: any fees or expenses?
For enrolling your child, you will need €5,50 in cash.
During the school year, parents may need to pay, fully or partially, for books, food and transport to school. The amount to be paid will depend on the Portuguese tax declaration from the previous year. Therefore, this does not apply for your child’s first year in a Portuguese school. However, schools often second hand books to pass on to new comers.
Read more about education in Ericeira here.
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