|Last Chance to Apply for Secondary School Places in 2014|
Completed applications must be returned to council by Thursday
Thursday October 31 is the deadline for families applying for places in local secondary schools in 2014.
Completed forms for secondary school applications must be returned to H&F admissions section either online in a paper version, available from all schools in H&F or the admissions team on 020 7745 6434 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents whose children already attend a primary school in the borough can also hand the secondary school application form in to their school by October 31.
Applications for children beginning primary school places have until January 15, but Hammersmith and Fulham Council is asking parents who have not yet made their applications to do so early and to apply online. The council says applications coming in sooner rather than later helps to make the process run more smoothly.
Cllr Georgie Cooney, cabinet member for education, says:
The council says the number of children living in the borough offered one of their top three choices for secondary school was 81%, compared to 78% the year before.
All secondary schools and 90% of primary schools are judged by Ofsted as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
There are a number of benefits for parents who fill in their application form online, not least that it is quick and easy. The e-admissions system is designed to help parents by guiding them through the process, ensuring they do not miss anything vital or make any mistakes.
The system is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning parents can edit their application and change preferences right up to the closing date. Importantly, parents have the security of knowing that their application is valid and has been accepted - they receive an auto-receipt and reference number once they submit the completed application.
By applying online, parents can see which school they have been offered a day before postal applicants – on the evening of March 3, 2014, for secondary school pupils and on April 16, 2014, for primary places.
The admissions intake is coordinated on a London-wide basis, meaning H&F parents can apply for up to six state school places in any London borough, listed in order of preference, but they must apply using the application form provided by H&F Council.
Each of the schools' admissions criteria is different and many of the borough’s schools are oversubscribed and if a child is eligible for a place at more than one school, the order of preference on the form will determine the highest potential offer. It is therefore important that parents order their school choices carefully.
October 29, 2013