Reminder for parents to apply for primary schools

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Northamptonshire County Council is reminding parents to be aware they have just over a week until the deadline for primary school applications.

Parents of children who turn four before the end of the summer have been asked to apply and identify the three schools they would prefer to send their children to by Tuesday, January 15.

The council says the pressures on capacity in the county’s urban schools mean it is particularly important for parents to submit the applications promptly.

Cabinet member for children, learning and skills, Cllr Andrew Grant said: “Submitting an application on time is the most crucial step parents can take to maximise the chances of being successful at getting a place at their preferred school.

“The bottom line is that there are no guarantees of getting into a preferred school but the chances of a successful application will be higher if parents tell us before the deadline which three schools they’d prefer.”

Applications are being accepted online at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk for children whose fourth birthday falls between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

Applications received after the deadline can result in parents being unable to secure a place in any of their preferred schools.

In 2012, 931 primary school applications were received outside the application period. The majority of those applications were for reception and years 1 and 2.