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Exemptions from compulsory school attendance in the Netherlands

Children aged 5 to 16 are obliged to attend full-time education. In certain circumstances, your child might be exempted from compulsory school attendance. This is called vrijstelling van leerplicht (exemption from compulsory school attendance). In that case, your child does not have to go to school. Where you apply for the exemption depends on the situation.


With an exemption from compulsory education, your child does not have to attend school. There are 3 types of exemption (in Dutch):

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of Stichtse Vecht.

Municipality of Stichtse Vecht: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance

  • request an exemption for: absence from school, performance of duties arising from religion or belief or illness
  • request leave for: marriage and wedding anniversary of relatives or in-laws, moving house or celebration of jubilee of office
  • RBL Utrecht Noordwest is the central point for compulsory education matters.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Stichtse Vecht

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