West Sussex families are preparing to get online to apply for a secondary school place for their child from Monday 11 September 2017.
Parents of pupils due to move up to secondary school next year need to apply for a school place. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 October 2017.
Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The online process is quick and simple and you will receive an automatic email acknowledgement so you’ll know your application has been received.”
Parents can get more information about the applications process here.
If you are unable to apply online you can request a form by phoning 033 301 42903. The form should then be posted by recorded delivery so that it arrives before the application deadline.
Applicants will be notified of place offers on Thursday 1 March 2018. They can opt to have that information sent by email so they get it on that day.
Some tips to remember when applying are:
• You can apply for up to three different schools. You must rank the schools in order of preference. The first school should be the one you would most like your child to go to.
• You are advised to use all three preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences (you can find out which catchment area you are in here). If you want your child to be considered for a place at their catchment school you must include this as one of your three preferences.
• If you apply after the deadline (31 October 2017) you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.
Richard added: “We will try to meet parental preferences wherever possible. To help us to do this it is very important that applications are submitted on time and filled in correctly.
“Please remember it is the responsibility of parents or carers to apply for a school place.”
Parents of younger children will be able to apply for places at primary, infant and junior schools from Monday 2 October 2017.