10 January 2011

Northamptonshire County Council is reminding parents that the application for primary school places is fast approaching and support for the applications process is available.

Parents of children who will be four years old between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011 need to apply now for a school place.

Each year the county council’s admissions team receives a substantial number of applications for reception year places after the allocation of places has already been completed. Unfortunately applications received after the deadline for a school that is over-subscribed, can result in parents or carers being unable to secure a place as places may have already been allocated.

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Andrew Grant said: "We want to ensure that parents and carers have the best chance at securing their preferred school place and this requires applications to be completed on time.

“Primary school is an important part of growing up and parents must remember that their child does not have an automatic right to a place at their local school. Even if their child has older siblings or attends a nursery at the school an application for a place must be completed.”

The county council has already written and sent information to all nurseries and early years settings to pass on to parents and carers whose children will be starting school next September to encourage them to get their forms in soon.

An application can be made via the internet or the paper preference form. The closing date for applications to be received is 17th January 2011 5pm.

What parents/carers need to do is: Apply online at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions or by picking up an application pack from any primary school.

For more information parents can contact the schools direct or the county council’s admissions team on: 01604 236599, or admissions@northamptonshire.gov.uk