Lincs: Time to apply for next year’s school places

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

Parents with children starting reception at primary or junior school in September 2015 can apply for places from Monday 17th November.

Information packs area available from primary schools from Monday and parents need to apply online by the deadline of 15th January 2015.

Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions to apply.

Last year, 98 per cent of parents applied for a school place online making this the preferred method of choosing a school.

This way of applying is so popular because the school admissions website has lots of information and links designed to help choose a school, but if parents don’t have a computer they can apply by phone on 01522 782030 or can ask for an application form.

Parents can get information from the ‘Going to Primary School in Lincolnshire’ book and see Ofsted and performance results on schools’ websites.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: ‘With 98 per cent of parents applying online the system has proved to be very popular.”

“I know most parents will be looking forward to checking for their child’s school place online when national offer day comes round on 16th April next year.”

“We have over 90 per cent of children being given their first preference and there is no reason why this should not continue next year.”

Parents can apply for up to three state schools, in or out of the county via the application process. Parents are strongly advised to name three schools on their application as a place at your most preferred school is not guaranteed. If you do not live in Lincolnshire you must apply through your home local authority where you can name Lincolnshire schools on this application.

Schools provide useful information on their own websites and they also produce a school prospectus.

For more information on schools that are not in Lincolnshire, please visit the website for the school’s local authority.

Lincs County Council expects about 7,700 primary applications.

Last year 93.6 per cent of parents were given the primary school they wanted as first preference and over 98 per cent were given one of their three preferred schools.