School term and holiday dates Calendar dates and term times for Waltham Forest schools. Free school meals Find out who can get free school meals and how to apply for it. School closures Find out if which local schools are open or closed due to bad weather or service disruption Home schooling Educating your child at home. Schools and colleges in Waltham Forest Find out about education and schools, colleges and other centres of learning in our borough. School meals Find out about school meals in Waltham Forest. School exclusions Information about pupils being excluded from school. School governors Information and advice about school governors. Religious education and SACRE All schools provide religious education through their basic curriculum. SACRE determines RE curriculum content. Travelling people: School attendance Educational rights for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families. Virtual School for Looked After Children Find out how Virtual School can provide support and guidance for children and young people in care or adopted. Starting school together initiative Support available for parents/carers to help their child transition to Reception class. Free Schools in Waltham Forest What a free school is and how to open one. Cycling and walking to school Encouraging young people and children to cycle and walk to school will keep them fit. Travelling to school sustainably With half of all car trips made in outer London being less than two miles and the school run now accounting for at least one in every five cars on London’s roads, travelling actively and sustainably to school has never been more important. Holiday activities in Waltham Forest Find out what activities are taking place for children and young people over the school holidays. Exclusion of pupils Information about pupils being excluded from school.