Nearly 70% of parents and carers of children who will start school for the first time in September 2024 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 pupils who are due to start reception next autumn is 15 January, 2024 and so parents are asked to submit theirs as a matter of urgency.

Councillor Jacqui Coogan, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: “Parents or carers of children who are due to start school next autumn should set aside time over the Christmas holidays to think carefully about the schools they would 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.

“Nearly 70% of parents have already completed their applications, but many have not yet started. In addition, around 250 have begun their applications but have not yet submitted them.

“You should ensure you get your applications in by the deadline of 15 January, 2024, as applying after this time could have a detrimental effect on the chance of securing a place at one of your preferred schools.”

Councillor Coogan added: “It’s important to remember that even if your child is in nursery provision at either primary or infant 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, 2024.

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, 2024. Applicants will also be able to access their child's school place allocation online on 16 April, 2024 rather than having to wait for outcome in the post.