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

Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019

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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 to start school from August 2020 can be made online at www.leicester.gov.uk/admissions.

Children who were born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 can take up a full-time place to start at a primary or infant school from August 2020. The deadline for applying is Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Even if your child has been attending nursery classes at school, you will still need to apply for a full-time school place.

Parents and carers of children who are due to transfer to a junior school next year will also need to apply by 15 January 2020.

For children who are due to start in year 7 at a secondary school next year, the deadline for applying is much earlier – 31 October 2019. Children attending a city school in year 6 should have brought home a ‘key facts’ booklet about secondary school admissions, containing useful information.

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

Cllr Elly Cutkelvin, assistant city mayor responsible for education, said: “It’s really important to apply on time for your child’s school place. There are guides available on our website that fully explain the admissions process. You might also like to go and visit your local schools.

“We know that starting or moving school can be an anxious time for families, so we try to make the applications process as straightforward as possible.

“This year we’ve increased the number of preferences you can list on your application from three to four, so that parents can make a wider set of choices.

“Some parents think only putting one school down increases their chances of getting in there. However, the risk with this is that if that school is full, you will be allocated an entirely different school that you haven’t chosen.

“For this reason, we strongly advise that you use all of your preferences. In this way, you will increase your chances of gaining a place at a school you have named.

“You won’t increase your chances of getting in at one school if you only put one school down.

“Also, we strongly recommend including your catchment area school as one of your preferences as your child will usually get priority for a place here. This means your child can still attend a local school if you don’t get a place at the others.

“And don’t forget that you can make as many changes to your application as you need to between now and the closing date, by simply logging back in to your application.”

Residents will need to apply to their home local authority for a school place. Those who live in the city will need to apply to Leicester City Council. Those who live in Leicestershire will need to apply to Leicestershire County Council. Regardless of where you live, you can apply for any school in the city, county or further afield. 

You can arrange to visit secondary schools during their open days or evenings to find out more about them. Full dates for open evenings are on our website www.leicester.gov.uk/admissions.

Anyone needing help with the application process can speak to their local primary school or attend a support session at the city council’s customer service centre in Granby Street. Sessions take place as follows:

Wednesday 9 October - 9.30am until 2pm

Wednesday 16 October - 1pm until 4pm

Wednesday 4 December – 9.30am until 1pm

Wednesday 11 December – 9.30am until 1pm

Wednesday 8 January - 1pm until 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 2019-20 academic year, the city council’s school admissions team dealt with 9,404 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, 92% 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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