Parents across Brighton and Hove whose children are due to start school in September are being reminded to apply for a place before the deadline.
Brighton and Hove City Council said: “Don’t miss the deadline. Deadline day is fast approaching for school place applications for children due to start primary school in Brighton and Hove in September 2017.
“Applications for the city’s primary, infant and junior schools for September must be submitted by the end of Sunday 15 January.
“The deadline applies to reception places for September 2017 (children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013) and year 3 of junior school (children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010).
“The deadline is important because applications received before deadline are considered before those received after the deadline.
“This means that missing the deadline increases the risk of you not being offered a place at one of your preferred schools – even if you already have another child at one of them.”
The council said that it was possible to apply online through its website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
It said: “You’ll find all the guidance and advice you need, including information on home to school distances and finding your nearest schools.
“Applying online can be quicker and more convenient. It also means you get the result of your application by email on National Offer Day (Tuesday 18 April) rather than having to wait for it to arrive in the post.”
Parents who do not wish to apply online should contact the council’s school admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01273 293653 for a hard copy of the application pack.
Parents who need extra help with the admissions process – perhaps because English is not their first language or they have only just moved to the area – can phone 01273 290355 for impartial support.