Parents of pupils who are due to start secondary school in Nottinghamshire in September 2017 are reminded that the closing date for applications is Monday, 31 October 2016.
Nottinghamshire parents will need to apply through Nottinghamshire County Council, even if they wish to apply for schools in other areas such as Nottingham City or Derbyshire.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s acting service director for education Marion Clay said: “If your child is in Year 6 at primary school, then if you’ve not already done so, you must now think about applying for a place at secondary school next September.
“This time around it might also feel more complicated because your child may have strong ideas about which secondary school they want – or don’t want – to attend. And their ideas may not always be the same as yours.
“The good news, however, is that last year, over 98% of families who applied for a secondary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools.”
The easiest way to apply for a place is online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions and this is the method the county council advise parents to use. Parents submitting their application online will receive an email confirming that their application has been received.
There are a number of golden rules when making an application:
1) Apply on time – If parents miss this deadline (31 Oct, 2016) their application will only be processed after all the on-time applications.
2) Use all of your four preferences – parents should make sure that they use all four of their preferences rather than just making one preference and limiting their options.
3) Check the admission over subscription criteria – parents are urged to include at least one school within the four preferences where their child will have high priority within the school’s admission oversubscription criteria and are therefore highly likely to get a place.
It’s important to note that Nottinghamshire’s admission arrangements changed with effect from September 2016. For community and voluntary controlled schools across the county, there’s no longer any priority for siblings living outside a school’s catchment area. However, some priority still exists for children living in a catchment area and who have a brother or sister attending the school or the linked school.
4) Other relevant information – parents need to make sure they mention any information that is relevant to their application which may affect how the admission oversubscription criteria are applied. They should also tell the Council if they are moving house as this may affect how their application is considered. It is important to read the relevant sections in the Admissions to schools guide which is at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissionsguide
Parents also need to be aware of some important changes to home to school travel entitlement.
From September 2018, the County Council will only provide home to school transport for pupils where they have a statutory requirement to do so. This change will affect pupils currently receiving discretionary help with transport.
One example of pupils affected by the change may be some of those who currently receive discretionary help to travel to faith schools who post-September 2018 will not be statutorily entitled to that help.
Parents might need to consider this when deciding which schools to apply for as the future cost implications of paying for their child’s transport may influence their preferences.
Secondary school offers will be made on Wednesday 1st March 2017 by email to those who apply online. Parents and carers who apply by post will be sent notification by second class post that day.
For more information about the application process, schools, the number of places available or how places are allocated, please visit the website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions or call 0300 500 80 80.