Thursday, 9 January 2014

Last chance for primary school applications

Families with children who will start primary school in September 2014 are being reminded they have until 15 January to apply for their preferred schools.

Previous years have shown that those who apply late may miss out on a preferred school place which can be upsetting for parents and children.

To avoid this, Leeds City Council is urging families to submit their preferences by Wednesday 15 January.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.leeds.gov.uk/admissions. People who apply online will receive a confirmation email that their preferences have been received and will receive their offer by email on 16 April 2014.

Parents can also apply using a paper form called the ‘common preference form’ which is also available at www.leeds.gov.uk/admissions. Parents using the paper form will have their offer letter sent out by second class post on the offer day so can expect to receive it a few days later.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services, said:
“In the last school year, over 500 applications for primary school places were made after the offer date and before the start of term. It’s far more difficult to allocate places in these circumstances and families who do this risk not being able to send their child to their preferred school.

“It’s essential that preferences are made by the deadline on 15 January and that up to five schools are listed - including your nearest school - to ensure every child and young person has the best chance of attending their preferred school.”

Figures for admissions in September 2013 show the percentage of families offered their first preference was 85 per cent while the percentage offered one of their three preferences was 94 per cent.

For more information about admissions visit www.leeds.gov.uk/admissions or call the admissions team on 0113 2224414. Advice is also available from the local authority choice adviser, who can answer questions on applying for primary school places, by calling 0113 3950596.

ENDS
For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk