March 13 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Suffolk County Council are urging parents to apply for a primary school place for their child before the deadline this month.
Parents and carers who need to apply for a full-time place for their child at their preferred primary school for the 2014/2015 school year have until January 15 to do so.
Anyone with children born between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010 can apply for up to three schools either online (which the council recommends) or using the paper application form.
An application must be made, even if the child already has a place in a nursery class, pre-school or children’s centre.
Any applications received after the deadline will be considered after all the other applications have been processed. This could mean there are no places left at a preferred or nearby school. Last year, Suffolk County Council received over 800 late applications for primary school places.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “Choosing the right primary school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent or carer has to make. That is why we hope that by now, people will have considered the schools that they would like to apply for places in and visited them. That gives them the information they need to make informed choices about their child’s future.
“If not, please make this a new year priority as time is running out.
“It’s important that parents and carers use the opportunity to apply for up to three schools, in order of preference, so that we can best match their preferences within the application rules. Suffolk has a good track record of offering places at preferred schools but we really do need to know about all preferences in order to continue this.
“I’d urge anyone with questions to contact the county council as soon as possible.”
In 2013, more of Suffolk’s four and five-year-olds received offers for a place at their preferred primary school than in the previous year.
Suffolk County Council received 7489 applications from parents outlining which school they would prefer their children to be educated at from September 2013.
Of those, 92% of applicants received offers for their first preference and 98% of applicants receiving an offer from one of their three preferences.
In the same year, 99% of pupils moving to a junior school and 94% of pupils moving to a middle school went to their first preference place.
There was also an increase in the number of people choosing to submit an application online, with 68% of applications made over the internet. In 2012, the figure was 53%.
Any parents or carers who have not yet applied for a school place should apply online or download an application form at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissionstoschools or contact Suffolk County Council immediately on 0845 6000981.