‘Don’t leave school applications too late’

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Parents of West Sussex children who are starting school for the first time next September, or who are transferring to junior or secondary school, are being urged not to leave their applications until the last minute.

Online applications are now open and can be submitted to West Sussex County Council for places at primary, junior, intermediate or secondary schools.

The county council says that applying online is quick and easy, and allows parents to receive details of the school they have been offered by email.

Parents should have received a letter from the county council if their child is due to start or move school in September 2015, but they do not need the letter to apply for a place.

Further information is available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions.

Parents who do not have internet access, but have an email address, can apply for free at a West Sussex Library or Children and Family Centre, where staff can offer assistance if needed.

Parents can express a preference of up to three schools for their child. If they wish their child to be considered for their catchment school they must list this as one of their three preferences.

The deadline for applying for intermediate and secondary schools is Friday 31 October 2014.

The deadline for applying for starting school and junior schools is Thursday 15 January 2015.