Applications now are open for children starting primary and secondary school in September 2021.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council’s online application system, which was used by 95% of applicants last year, went live on Tuesday September 1.
Parents have until October 31 to apply for secondary places and January 15 to apply for a primary school place for their child.
They are advised to check the schools’ admissions criteria before applying.
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County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “The number of people who chose to apply online last year was really high.
“Online is a quick, easy and secure way to apply for school places.
“The application process goes live today, so I would encourage parents to go online as soon as possible. I’m sure they will find it useful to familiarise themselves with the process and take a look at the admissions criteria of the schools they’re considering.
“Unfortunately some applications come in late every year and these simply can’t be considered at the same time as those we receive on time. So it is much better to be prepared early, rather than rushing your application close to the deadline. This way there is time to spare to sort out any problems or get any advice.
“It is important to remember as well that having a child already at a school does not automatically mean that a brother or sister will be allocated a place – you must still apply.”
Children start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday.
For more information go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools, where you’ll find all the information you need.
Parents can also call 0300 123 6707.
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