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Deadline for primary applications looms

Time is running out for parents to get their primary school applications in before the 15 January 2018 deadline.

Last year, the county council offered nine out of 10 parents their first choice primary school, despite rises in pupil numbers putting pressure on school places.  A total of 98 per cent were allocated one of their top three preferred schools.

Now, parents who have not yet applied for primary school places are being urged to get their applications in over the Christmas break to ensure they have the best chance of being allocated one of their preferred school places.

Last year, nearly 1300 parents failed to apply by the deadline, meaning that some children were at a disadvantage when it came to being allocated a preferred school.

County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Skills said:  “In Staffordshire we have a fantastic track record of allocating parents’ preferences for both primary and secondary schools.  Even so, we need parents to help us by getting their applications in as soon as possible.

“We have already had about 80 per cent of applications in, and Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to get your child’s application sorted and sent to the council well in advance of the January 15 deadline.

“With rising birth rates and new housing developments getting underway across the county, there is pressure on school places.  We are well placed to cope with this extra demand as we have an extensive school building and expansion programme in place, ensuring schools have enough capacity to cope with increasing demand and to make sure parents continue to have a good range of choices when it comes to their child’s education.

“Even so, it’s important parents get their applications in on time.”

Primary school applications close on 15 January 2018.  For more information, visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/admissions.