Time running out for parents to submit their secondary school applications

Parents and carers with children entering secondary school for the first time in 2020 have just a few days to apply for their child’s school place.

Published: Monday, 28th October 2019

This Thursday (31 Oct) is the national deadline for parents of children born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 to submit their top three secondary school preferences.

The Council was able to give 91 per cent of applicants their first preference for secondary schools for this current academic year, while 99 per cent were given one of their top three preferences.

Parents are encouraged to put down three choices in case their first choice school is oversubscribed.

The offer of a preferred school place depends upon the number of applications received and the number of places available. Priority for places will be determined by the individual school’s admission criteria.

Applications submitted after the deadline has passed will be considered as a low priority and the child concerned will be allocated a school place after all other applications have been considered.

Late applicants are unlikely to be placed in their preferred school. To avoid this situation parents are urged to get their submissions in before the deadline next Thursday.

Applications for secondary school spaces should be made online on the Council’s website which contains all of the information parents will need to make their application.

Parents and carers will be informed about the outcome of their application on 2 March 2020.

Parents of children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 who are entering primary school have until 15 January 2020 to submit their applications.

Parents can make their secondary school application online at www.swindon.gov.uk/secondaryschoolplaces

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