Over 80% of parents and carers of children who will start school for the first time this September have now applied for a place for them – and the remainder are urged to complete their applications soon as possible.

The deadline for applications for children who are due to start reception in 2021 is next Friday, 15 January, 2021, and parents who haven’t completed theirs yet should do so a matter of urgency.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “If your child is due to start school this autumn, you’ve got just over a week left to get your reception class place application in, so if you haven’t already, please make time today to complete it.

“Over 80 percent of parents have already completed their applications, but many have not yet started. In addition, a further 250 have begun their applications but have not yet submitted them.

“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 do, and remember that applying after the deadline could have a detrimental effect on the chance of securing a place at one of your preferred schools.”

He added: “It’s important to note 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.”

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, 2021.

Applying online has a number of benefits. Applications are made through a secure website and can be viewed and edited online up to the closing date for applications of 15 January, 2021. Applicants can also find out about their child's school place allocation online when it is announced on 16 April, 2021, rather than having to wait for the post.

Help and advice is available from the Admissions and Appeals Team on 01902 551122 or by emailing school.admissions@wolverhampton.gov.uk