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Parents encouraged to apply for 2019 reception class places

Nearly half of parents and carers of children who will start school for the first time in September 2019 have now applied for a place for them - and the rest are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications for students due to start reception in 2019 is 15 January, 2019 and parents are asked to submit theirs as a matter of urgency.

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "Parents or carers of children who are due to start school next autumn should set aside time now to think carefully about which school they'd prefer their child to attend.

"This is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child's future. The application process is straightforward and should only take a few minutes to complete.

"You should ensure you get your applications in by the deadline of 15 January, 2019 as applying after this time could have a detrimental effect on the chance of securing a place at one of your preferred schools."

She added: "It's important to remember that even if your child is in nursery provision at either primary or junior school, you will still need to apply for a reception class place."

Latest figures show nearly 50% of parents have already completed their applications, but many have not yet started. In addition, a further 200 have begun their applications but have not yet submitted them.

To apply for a school place, parents should log on to School admissions and complete the short application process. Parents and guardians will be notified of their child's allocated school place on 16 April, 2019.

Applying online through the secure website has a number of benefits. Applications can be viewed and edited online up to the closing date for applications of 15 January, 2019, while applicants will be able to access their child's school place allocation online on 16 April, 2019 rather than having to wait for it to come in the post.

Help and advice is available from the Admissions and Appeals Team on 01902 551122 or by emailing school.admissions@wolverhampton.gov.uk. For more information about the process, parents can also read the guide to Primary Education in Wolverhampton.

  • released: Monday 26 November, 2018