PARENTS with children due to start at primary schools in Gedling borough this September have just a few days left to apply for places.
Those who need to complete their application can easily do so via Nottinghamshire County Council’s website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Parents have until January 15 to complete their applications.
1335 parents from across the county are yet to apply for a primary school place.
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. You will need to decide which schools to include on your application and apply for a reception year place by the closing date.
Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s children and young people’s committee, Councillor Philip Owen, said: “I would urge parents who haven’t so far made an application for September not to miss the 15 January deadline.
“If they do, their application for a primary school place 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.”
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.
Those parents with 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. Children do not automatically transfer from infant to junior/primary school.
“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,” added Coun Owen.
“The good news, however, is that last year, over 98% of families who applied for a primary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools – up on the previous year.”
Nottinghamshire County Council’s service director for education learning and skills 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.”
For any enquiries about how to apply for a school place, please contact 0300 500 80 80 or visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Applications for secondary school places closed on 31 October 2017. Any Nottinghamshire parent who has not applied for a secondary school place for this September should contact 0300 500 8080.