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Primary school applications open for parents to secure places

01 October 2018

Primary school children raising thier arms.

Parents of children who are due to start primary school in September 2019 can apply for their child's first school place from Monday, 1 October 2018.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 are due to start school in September 2019. Applying for your child's primary school place couldn't be quicker or easier thanks to our secure online application system

'I would really encourage people to use all 4 preferences; putting only one preference will not guarantee a place at that school'

Councillor Kieran Heakin, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "Primary school applications are a hugely exciting moment for parents as their child grows and flourishes. I know parents are eager for this moment, so it is vital they submit their applications by the 15 January 2019 deadline. I would really encourage people to use all 4 preferences; putting only one preference will not guarantee a place at that school."

You can use your smartphone, PC or tablet and the system is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for your convenience. Changes can be made to applications until the deadline and you can also track progress, meaning you don't have to wait for the letter to drop through the door, you will receive instant updates and notifications.

Applicants should be aware that:

  • We encourage parents to give 4 preferences for schools as we allocate places based on demand and the number of places available
  • You will not increase your chance of obtaining a place at any school by selecting only one preference, or the same school 4 times.
  • If you only state one preference for your child and a place cannot be offered, we will allocate a place for your child at the next nearest school with spaces available
  • Preferences as less likely to be met if applications are received after the closing date so please get them in before Tuesday, 15 January 2019.

Our online system is easy to use, but for those that need assistance then our helpful library staff will be on hand to help across the borough. Alternatively, you can call 0300 303 0340 with any questions that you may have.

Deadline for primary school applications is Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The deadline for primary school applications is Tuesday, 15 January 2019. It is important that applications are submitted before this date as late applications make securing the school of your choice much harder.

Secondary school admissions have been open since September and will close on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

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