Time for Harlow parents to apply for secondary school places

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PARENTS of children currently in Year 6 are now being encouraged to apply for their children’s secondary school places for September 2018.

Parents and carers of children due to start at secondary school (Year 7) in September next year can apply between 12 September 2017 and 31 October 2017.

It is crucial an application is received by the closing date.

Applications can be made at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions. The website also enables parents to search for school information and check admissions criteria.

A record 87.58 per cent of children in Essex who started secondary school for the first time this month were offered their parents’ top preference of school in the 2017 admission round following Essex County Council’s continued investment in new school places.

The council spent £74million creating more than 2,500 school places for the new academic year, including secondary places at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport, The Stanway School, Colchester, and Philip Morant School, Colchester.

The authority plans to spend about £230million on creating further school places over the next three years to meet the rising demand.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We have a fantastic track record of investing in new school places in Essex and were delighted to offer a record percentage of children their parents’ preferred school for the 2017/18 academic year.

“We recognise that applying for a school place can be a difficult decision and would encourage families to carefully consider the admissions criteria for each school they wish to apply for and make good use of the information available on our website.

“It is also important for parents to make use of all six preferences available to them to maximise their chance of a place at a preferred school.”

Any applications made after the 31 October 2017 deadline will be considered once all on-time applications have been determined.

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