20 December 2011

The traditional letter to Father Christmas isn’t the only list that parents of pre-school children need to write at this time of year as the deadline for primary school admissions approaches.

Northamptonshire County Council is reminding parents of children who will be four years old between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 that they have less than a month left to apply for a school place.

Each year the council’s admissions team receives a number of late applications for reception year places.

Applications received after the deadline can result in parents or carers being unable to secure a place in their preferred school.

Cabinet member for children, learning and skills, Councillor Andrew Grant said: "The admissions system gives families the chance to tell us which schools they’d prefer to send their children to.

“While most people are successful at getting a place at their preferred school, there are steps that parents can take to maximise their chances. Submitting an application form in time is the most crucial followed closely by nominating a second and third choice school

“Every year we hear from disappointed parents who assumed they would automatically get a place at the school their older children already go to. We also have parents who didn’t apply on time and dispute why they didn’t get a school place when someone who lives further down the road did.

“The bottom line is that there are no guarantees but the chances of a successful application will be higher if parents tell us before the deadline which three schools they’d prefer.”

Last year, 607 families returned an application after the deadline.

Application can be made on the council’s website by noon on Monday 16 January.