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Deadline fast approaching for primary school applications

10 January 2018

Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee With the festivities of Christmas and the New Year behind us for another year, it’s now time for parents to think about applying for school places for their children. Councillor Philip Owen explains.

The deadline for primary school applications is Monday, January 15 and I would urge those parents who haven’t already got their applications in to make it a priority before next Monday.

If your child will be five years old between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they will be due to start school in September this year.

I’m sure you will already have given some thought to which schools to include on your application and it’s essential that you get your application in on time to be considered for these schools.

I’d also like to remind parents that if their child attends a school’s foundation unit, nursery class or early years’ group, it does not guarantee that they will get a place at the main school at reception age, and they must still complete an application for a full-time place.

Applying for a school place is straightforward and can be easily done online via the County Council’s website at

Parents who have no internet access can also apply by calling 0300 500 8080.

It is also worth visiting the councils’ website which has all the information you will need to help you with the application process.

There are a few key things to remember when applying and it’s important to follow these steps:

  • Use all four preferences – parents should make sure they use all four preferences rather than just making one preference and limiting their options

  • Check the admission oversubscription criteria for your chosen schools – parents should include at least one school within the four preferences where their child will have a high priority within the oversubscription criteria

  • Any other relevant information that is important to their application

It’s also important that parents are aware that children currently in year 2 in an infant school will need to apply for a year 3 place in a junior or primary school for September 2018 as they do not automatically transfer from infant to junior/primary school.

The good news is that last year more than 98% of families who applied for a primary school on time were offered one of their preferred schools.

Parents who apply online will get the decision by email on what’s known as National Offer day (16 April), instead of having to wait a few days for a letter.

Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee

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