If you are a parent/carers with children who were born between 1st September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and you are intending to send your child to school in September 2017; you will need to submit an application for a school reception place. The closing date to apply for a reception class place is 15th January 2017. If your application is late you might not get the choice of school you wanted.
The School Admissions Team works hard to reduce the number of late applications as far as possible. Applications submitted after the deadline mean that the chance of parents/carers securing a place at one of their preferred schools is reduced, with a subsequent effect on the total number of appeals for school places which is a concern for schools and distressing for families.
In Cornwall we have a good track record of parents and carers getting one of their choice of schools. However, it is made more difficult when application forms are submitted late, or are incomplete.
Furthermore, there is a common myth that naming only one school and thinking ‘if I only put one, I am sure to get that.’ That is not the case – all preferences are treated equally so it is better to tell the Admissions Team which schools you would prefer so that you can be considered for them before they fill up. The team do their very best to give you your first choice, however, this is not always possible if all three boxes are not filled in. This makes the admission team’s job harder; which in turn, can lead to disappointment.
Parents/carers can get support from the Family Information Service who can help with identifying preferred schools, completing the application, understanding the process or other aspects of starting school, or help parent/carers whose first language isn’t English. They can be contacted on 0800 587 8191. The website is HERE. Cornwall Council will also be getting the information leaflets and posters out to key partners such as One Stop Shops, nurseries and early years settings, newspapers and radio stations.
Parents/carers can access information and the online application system HERE. A paper application form can be provided by the School Admissions Team on request. Please remember, you must submit your application by 15th January 2017.