Get your secondary school applications in by the end of this month


 

Get ready for the next step in your child’s education.

Parents whose children are due to start Year 7 at secondary school or Year 10 at Key Stage 4 in September 2018 have until the end of this month to express their preference of which three schools they would like their child to attend.

The deadline for secondary school and Key Stage 4 schools admission preferences is Tuesday 31 October and Plymouth City Council is urging parents to get their applications in 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. For secondary schools, 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.

Parents are warned if they apply late there is a risk that all the places at their preferred schools will be filled by applicants who applied on time.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “It really is essential that parents complete the admissions form as soon as possible, and no later than 31 October. September next year may seem like a long way off but we want to make sure that the majority of our young people get their preference of secondary school.”

The easiest 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.

Last year the Council was able to match 93 per cent of young people with their first choice of secondary school.

The easiest 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 the web.

You can contact the Council’s school admissions team on 01752 307469 for secondary school transfers, including Key Stage 4 and 01752 307166 for primary and junior school transfers.