Deadline approaching for secondary school applications
Published on Monday, October 29, 2018
FAMILIES in Leicester who have children due to transfer to secondary school next year are being reminded that they need to apply for a school place before the 31 October deadline.
Applications for the 2019/20 academic year can be made online at www.leicester.gov.uk/admissions, and need to be submitted before midnight on Wednesday.
Any applications received after this time will be classed as late, and won’t be looked at until all the on-time applications have been dealt with.
Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “We know moving to secondary school can be an anxious time for families, so we try to make the applications process as straightforward as possible. It’s very important to apply before the deadline.
“I’d advise anyone who needs to apply to read our guides, which are available on our website and fully explain the admissions process.
“Children attending a city school in year 6 should also have brought home a ‘key facts’ booklet about secondary school admissions, containing useful information.
“Everyone gets the chance to put down three schools, and I would advise every applicant to take advantage of this. It’s your best chance of being allocated a place at one of your chosen schools. Only putting down one preference does not increase your chances of getting in there.”
People who live in the city can apply to Leicester City Council for a place at any school, including schools in the county. Simply add the name of the school you want to apply to your application form.
Applicants who live outside of Leicester city will need to apply to the local authority where they pay council tax.
For the current 2018-19 academic year, 95.3% of secondary applicants got a place at one of their three preferred schools. Every applicant who applied on time was offered a school place.
For more information on how to apply, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/schooladmissions
The Choice Advice Service, which offers free, confidential and impartial information about the admissions process, is at www.choiceadvice.org.uk