Nearly half of parents whose children will be starting secondary school next year 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 places for student's due to start Year 7 in 2019 is 31 October, 2018, and parents who haven't yet done so 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: "If your child is in their final year at primary or junior school, you should now be making your application for a secondary school place for them.

"While making the transfer to secondary school may seem a long way off, the closing date for applications is 31 October so time really is of the essence.

"Nearly half 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. The process is quick and easy, and ensuring applications are made before the deadline will increase the chances of securing a place at a preferred school."

To apply for a school place, parents should log on to Type=articles;Articleid=2548;Title=School admissions; and complete the short application process. Parents and guardians will be notified of their child's allocated school place on 1 March, 2019.

Applying online has a number of benefits. The applications are made through a secure website and they can be viewed and edited online up to the closing date for applications, 31 October, 2018. In addition, online applicants can access their child's school place allocation online on 1 March, 2019 rather than having to wait for a letter in the post.

  • released: Friday 5 October, 2018