Don’t leave it too late to apply for your child’s school place

Parents with children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 must apply for a school place before Friday 15 January.

 
Last updated:
4 January 2016

If your child is due to start school for the first time in September 2016 you must apply for a place before Friday 15 January.

West Sussex County Council is issuing the reminder as the deadline for applications for children starting primary or infant schools fast approaches.

Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 are eligible to start school for the first time in September 2016.

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Parents no longer receive a letter from the County Council, so it is vital that they remember to submit their preferences for their child’s school place.”

“It is really important that parents apply for a school place before the deadline, otherwise their chances of getting their preferred school will be greatly reduced.”

Parents can now search online to find out where their catchment school is before filling in a simple online application form here.

Richard added: “Applying online is simple, convenient and saves time, plus you get an instant email acknowledgement that your application has been submitted.

“If you have no access to the internet at home, you can get internet access for two hours, free of charge at West Sussex Libraries or Children and Family Centres.”

Parents whose children are due to move to junior school (into Year 3) should also apply before Friday 15 January.

If parents would like further advice or information they can call 033 301 42903.

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