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Time to apply for your child’s primary or secondary school place

Published on Friday, September 28, 2018

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FAMILIES in Leicester who have children due to start primary, junior or secondary school next year can now apply for a school place.

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year can be made online at www.leicester.gov.uk/admissions.

All children in the city who were born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 can take up a full-time place to start at a primary or infant school from August 2019. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019. Even if your child has been attending school part-time, you will still need to apply for a full-time place.

Parents and carers of children who are due to transfer to a junior school will also need to apply by 15 January 2019.

For transferring to year 7 at a secondary school, the deadline to make an application is much earlier – 31 October 2018.

Any applications for school places received after these dates will be treated as late, and will only be dealt with after all the on-time applications.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “We know starting or moving schools can be an anxious time for families, so we try to make the applications process as straightforward as possible.

“I’d advise anyone who needs to apply to take time to read our guides, which are available on our website and fully explain the admissions process. You might also like to go and visit your local schools.

“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.

Anyone applying for a primary school place and needing help with the application process can speak to their local primary school or go to a support session at the city council’s customer service centre, in Granby Street, on Wednesday 10 October, from 9.30am-2pm, or Wednesday 17 October from 1pm-4pm.

The Choice Advice Service, which offers free, confidential and impartial information about the admissions process, is also running a number of support sessions at local primary schools and provides support to parents applying for a school place – for more information, visit www.choiceadvice.org.uk

For the current 2018-19 academic year, the city council’s school admissions team dealt with just under 9,000 on-time applications to start in reception or year 7.

Of these, 97% of primary applicants were offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

At secondary level, 95.3% of 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

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