'Late applications run the risk of missing out on Secondary School Places'
Parents warned deadline is fast approaching to apply for secondary school places
Parents and carers across Leicestershire are being warned that the deadline for applications for secondary school places for next year is fast approaching.
Education bosses at Leicestershire County Council says children run the risk of missing out on their preferred choices for the 2022 intake next autumn, if their applications are received late. They need to be made in "plenty of time" to be sure, however, and parents have until the end of this month - Sunday October 31 - to act. They can select three schools - including the one designated for the catchment area where they live. Councillor Deborah Taylor, who is the local education authority's cabinet member for children and families, urged parents and carers to outline their wishes sooner, rather than later. "We want to remind parents that they should get their applications in in plenty of time and should apply for three schools, including their catchment school, to maximise their opportunities," she said. "Last year, more than 95 per cent of pupils received a place at one of their chosen schools, but late applications run the risk of missing out. "There is no automatic entry for school in Leicestershire, so it is vital that applications be submitted before the closing date of Sunday, 31 October."
A range of information is available from the council to help families in choosing their preferences and applying. This includes a 'Your Guide' to education, which contains advice and support and is available on the schools section of the county council website. Applications are normally made online, however, those who cannot apply in this way can request a form to sent out to their home.
For September 2021, the county council said it received 7,400 applications for secondary school places in time for last year's deadline. Of these, it said that 88.9 per cent managed to secure a place at their first choice school, up from 89.2 per cent the previous year. Meanwhile, 95.4 per cent secured one of their top three choices, compared to 95.6 per cent in 2020. To request an application form in the post call 0116 305 6684.
Posted: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:36 by Deputy Clerk