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Parents in Gedling borough urged to start applying for primary school places

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Parents in Gedling borough are being reminded they need to apply to Nottinghamshire County Council to get their child’s infant or primary school place for September 2017.

The process closes on January 15, 2017 and parents are urged to make sure that they have submitted their application by that date.

Parents are reminded 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

Parents of 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 2017.

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Children do not automatically transfer from infant to junior/primary school.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s acting service director for education Marion Clay said: “If your child will be five years old between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, you will soon need to think about applying for a reception year place and deciding which schools to include on your application.

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“If it is your first child who is starting in reception, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision which will give you the best chance of getting your child into your preferred school.

“The good news, however, is that last year, over 97% of families who applied for a primary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools.”

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It is important that all parents are aware they must make an application, even if their child is already attending a nursery or another early years setting. Children do not automatically transfer from nursery to full-time school.
 
Parents living in Nottinghamshire will need to apply through Nottinghamshire County Council, even if they wish to apply for schools in other local authority areas such as Nottingham City or Derbyshire.

Marion Clay added: “The easiest way to apply for a place is online but parents who do not have internet access can telephone 0300 500 80 80 to apply.

“If parents miss the 15 January deadline, their application will only be processed after all the on-time applications. Parents should be aware that, by that time, the schools they would really like their child to attend might all be full. In that case, the County Council will make an alternative offer of a place at a school which could be at a distance from the home address.”

Apply online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions. Parents who apply online will also get the decision by email on what’s known as National Offer Day (18 April 2017), instead of having to wait a few days for a letter sent by second class post.

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