September 2018 may seem ages away but if your child is due to start school you need to start the application process now.
From Monday 4 September Plymouth City Council is taking applications from families whose children are due to start at:
- primary school for the first time in September 2018
- junior school (having completed Year 2 in an infant school) in September 2018
- secondary school in September 2018.
The deadline for secondary and Key Stage 4 applications is 31 October 2017 and the deadline for primary and junior school applications is 15 January 2018.
Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “Applying for a school is a really important time in a family’s year. Although it can seem stressful we are keen to support families to make it as easy as possble.
“The simplest way to apply for a place is online through the Council’s website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions where you will find full details on how to apply and how the admissions system works.
“Each school has its own admission criteria, so it’s important to look at the information relating to specific schools in the admission guidance booklets, also on our website.”
Last year the Council was able to match 92.16 per cent of young people and parents with their first choice of primary school, 100 per cent with their first choice of junior school 92.8 per cent with their first choice of secondary school and 100 per cent with their first choice of Key Stage 4 schools.
Parents who apply late risk all the places at their preferred schools being filled by applicants who applied on time. To maximise the chances of being allocated a place at a preferred school, parents are advised to list three schools in their application. Where the Council is unable to allocate a place at one of the parent’s preferences, a place will be allocated at the nearest suitable school to the home address with a vacancy after all the preference applications have been considered.
For more information contact the Council’s school admissions team on 01752 668000 or firstname.lastname@example.org