|Parents Urged to Apply for School Place Online|
Admission to borough schools for 2015 now open
Parents can apply for a school place for their children from today (September 1) as school admissions are now open.
The deadline for secondary school applications is 5pm on Friday October 31 2014 and for primary schools is 5pm on Thursday January 15, 2015.
Cllr Sue Macmillan, cabinet member for children and education, said: “It can be challenging and time-consuming choosing a school for your child, and we want to make this process as easy as possible. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful information and would urge parents and carers to research the admission criteria of the schools they like, visit them and look at Ofsted reports before making their final decisions.”
Parents and carers are encouraged to apply online as the Council say it is quicker and easier. 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. 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 2, 2015, for secondary school pupils and on April 16, 2015, for primary places.
If parents prefer, they can still fill in a paper version, available from the admissions team on 020 7745 6434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 via 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.
September 1, 2014