Primary School application deadline approaches

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Parents and carers have until 15 January 2021 to submit an application to secure their child’s place at a Primary, Infant, Junior or Middle school.

Applications should be made for children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 who are due to start primary school from September 2021.

An application for a full-time school place must be made even if a child is already attending a nursery class in an infant or primary school, a pre-school or a children’s centre next to a school site.

Before making a school application, parents and carers need to consider how they will get their child to and from school. School Travel eligibility is based on a child attending the nearest suitable school that would have had a place available. This might not be the catchment area school. Visit suffolkonboard.com/schooltravel to find out more about SCC’s school travel policy.

Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said:

“All parents and carers need to complete their application by the closing date of 15 January so that they have the best chance of securing a place at one of their preferred schools.

“We recommend applying for more than one school and parents and carers can list up to three schools on their application form in order of preference.”

If you are planning to move house or you think your circumstances may change before September, it is still important to make an application on time.

Applications should be made online as this will mean parents and carers will receive a confirmation of their application. They can then log on to the online service on National Offer Day (Friday 16 April 2021) to see their school place offer and they will also be sent an email to confirm this offer on the same day. If a parent or carer is unable to apply online then they should complete a paper application (CAF1), however these cannot be acknowledged, so it is suggested parents and carers obtain proof of postage. For those who completed paper applications, offer letters will be sent out by second class post on the National Offer Day.

Applications can be made at suffolk.gov.uk/admissions, where further advice and guidance is also available. Alternatively, parents and carers can call 0345 600 0981 for a paper application (CAF1).

Suffolk County Council continued with its good track record of offering places at preferred schools with 93.6% of parents in Suffolk being offered a place for their child at their first preference primary school last year.

If parents and carers do not apply by the closing date, their application may not be dealt with until after places have been offered to those who applied on time.