Parents have just days left to apply for high school places in Gedling borough for September 2019

Families in Gedling borough are being reminded about the deadline to apply for secondary school places for next year.

Parents with children currently in their last year at primary school must apply now for the secondary school they want their child to attend in September 2019.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Cllr Philip Owen, the council’s committee chairman for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “If your child has just gone into Year 6 at primary school, then you must now apply for a secondary school place for next September.

“The good news is that, last year, over 97% of families who applied for a secondary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools. Applying within the deadline is key.”

The easiest way to apply is online at

Parents who apply online will receive email confirmation that their application has been received.

If parents do not apply on time, the council say they substantially reduce the chances of getting a place at one their preferred schools.  Late applications will only be processed after all on-time applications.

Cllr Owen added: “I cannot stress strongly enough that by applying late or selecting only one or two preferences parents may substantially reduce the chances of getting their child into one of their preferred schools.

“Last year, of the 212 families that were not successful for any of their preferences, 69% had expressed only one preference.

Secondary school offers will be made on Friday, March 1 2019.

If parents apply online an email will be sent on this day and parents can log in to the online application service to view the outcome of their application.

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For parents who apply by telephone or by completing a paper application, the outcome of preferences will be posted second class on Friday, March 1 2019.

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