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Sunday, 25 July 2021

Nottinghamshire parents have just this week to apply for their child’s primary school place

While schools continue to operate differently at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s still imperative that parents apply for their child’s school place for the 2021-22 school year.

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If your child is due to start school for the first time, or transfer from infant to junior/primary school in September 2021, you have until Friday 15 January 2021 to get your application in.

Nottinghamshire County Council is urging all parents of Nottinghamshire children to list four school preferences and make sure the application is submitted by the 15 January deadline. This way you are more likely to be offered a place at a school you are happy for your child to attend.

While schools continue to operate differently at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s still imperative that parents apply for their child’s school place for the 2021-22 school year.

If your child attends a school’s foundation unit, nursery class or early years’ group, it does not guarantee a place at the main school at reception age, and you must still complete an application for a full-time place.

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Chairman of the County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, Councillor Philip Owen, said: “If your child will be five years old between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022, time is running out for you to apply for a reception year place and to decide which schools to include on your application.

“There are still a number of known Nottinghamshire families, including 1,244 with reception age children and 257 with children who are due to transfer to junior education, who have not applied for their child’s school place.  It is important they make sure their applications are in before the deadline. For those parents who have already applied, you can still edit your application up until the deadline date of 15 January, just remember to resubmit your application once the changes have been made.

“It is important that all parents are aware they must make an application, even if their child is already attending a nursery or another early years’ setting. Children do not automatically transfer from nursery to full-time school.

“Remember to list four school preferences, this will really help with your chances of getting a place at one of your preferred schools.”

All the information you need to make an informed decision and give you the best chance of getting your child into a preferred school, is on Nottinghamshire County Council’s website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions, including information to help with the application process and the ‘Admissions to Schools: Guide for Parents 2021-2022’.

For children living in Nottinghamshire their parents will need to apply through Nottinghamshire County Council, even if they wish to apply for schools in other local authority areas such as Nottingham City or Derbyshire.

The easiest way to apply for a place is online via www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions, but parents who do not have internet access can telephone 0300 500 80 80. If you apply online, you will be able to log in to your account on National Offer Day, 16 April 2021, to view your outcome. All other applicants will have to wait a few days for a letter sent by second class post.

Last year, over 98% of families who applied for a primary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools, so it is important that you get your application in on time with all four school preferences listed.

Parents must remember to:

Check the admission oversubscription 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. Information about the criteria can also be found on the Council’s website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions/schools-information

Use all four preferences – there is never a guarantee that a preference can be met, but parents should make sure that they use all four of their preferences rather than just making one preference and limiting their options. This way they are more likely to be offered a place at a school they are happy for their child to attend.

Other relevant information – when applying, parents also need to make sure that they mention any information that is relevant to their application, and 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 Admissions to schools: Guide for parents 2021-2022.

For any enquiries about how to apply for a school place, visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/admissions