Deadline looms for primary places

Communities / Tue 6th Jan 2015 at 03:37pm

AS the deadline approaches, Essex County Council is reminding parents to apply for primary school places for September 2015.

Parents and carers of children born during the period 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 must apply by 15 January 2015 for primary school places for the September 2015 intake. All reception aged children are entitled to start school in the September following their fourth birthday.

Applications can be made via the website at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions. The site enables parents to search for school information, read Ofsted reports, check admissions criteria and catchment areas and submit applications.

Essex county councillor Ray Gooding, cabinet member with responsibility for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Applying for the right primary school for your child is an important decision and I would urge parents to use the tools available at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions to ensure they make an informed application.

“Due to increasing pressure on primary school places, schools can become oversubscribed so it is important for parents to carefully consider admissions criteria and give themselves maximum opportunity to be considered for a school they want by using up all their preferences.”

It is vital to apply on time; we recommend that parents use all their preferences and list their local school as one of their preferences. Parents should also carefully consider the admissions criteria of each school for which they wish to apply.

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