How to apply for a school place

Matthew Tomlinson

Matthew Tomlinson

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Online applications for Lancashire school places go live on Tuesday September 1.

Last year 97 per cent of parents applied online for primary and secondary school places.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “The number of people who chose to apply online last year was really impressive.

“It really is a quick, easy and secure way to apply for school places.

“I would encourage parents to go online as soon as possible after the application process goes live on September 1, so they can familiarise themselves with the process and take a look at the admissions criteria of the schools they’re considering.

“Unfortunately some applications come in late every year and these simply can’t be considered at the same time as those we receive on time. So, it is much better to be prepared early rather than rushing your application close to the deadline. This way there is time to spare to sort out any problems or get any advice.

“It is important to remember as well that having a child already at a school does not automatically mean that a brother or sister will be allocated a place – you must still apply.”

Applications open on Tuesday September 1 and the closing dates are October 31 2015 for secondary schools, and January 15 2016 for primary.

Children start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools, where you’ll find all the information you need.

Parents can also call on:

01524 581148 or 01524 581134 (north – Lancaster, Morecambe, Wyre, Fylde)

01254 220718 or 01254 220742 (east – Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Rossendale)

01772 532191 or 01772 532190 (south – Preston, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire)