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You can apply for your child's primary school place now

Application have opened for parents of Nottinghamshire children to request their first school or junior school transfer place.

Anyone whose child is due to start school for the first time or transfer from an infant to a junior or primary school in September 2020 can apply up until January 15, 2020.

Nottinghamshire County Council is urging parents to list four choices and make sure the application is submitted by the deadline.

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Applications received after the closing date, including changes of preference, will be processed after all on-time applications.

The easiest way to apply is online, but parents who do not have internet access can telephone 0300 500 80 80 to apply. Parents who apply online will get their decision first, by email, on April 16, 2020. Other applicants will receive a letter sent by second class post.

If a child attends a school’s foundation unit, nursery class or early years group, it does not guarantee they will get a place at that school in reception. Additionally, if a child is in year two at infant school, an application still needs to be made for their junior or primary school place.

The chairman of the county council’s children and young people’s committee, Philip Owen, said: “It is important that all parents are aware they must make an application, even if their child is already attending a nursery.

“Last year, more than 98.7% of families who applied for a primary school place on time were offered one of their preferred schools.”

Parents of children living in Nottinghamshire will need to apply through Nottinghamshire County Council, even if they wish to apply for schools in other local authority areas such as Nottingham City or Derbyshire.

Parents are urged to remember to use all four preferences, because there is never a guarantee that a preference can be met, and by not limiting their options they are more likely to be offered a place at a school they are happy for their child to attend.

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