Schools of thought! Parents urged to apply now to get children in to next year’s intake

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Parents who are looking to choose a Bognor Regis primary school preferable for their children have been reminded that they can now apply to get their offspring in to next year’s intake.

Applications are open until 15 January 2018 for a school place for children due to start primary or infant school or transfer to a junior school in September 2018.

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, they will be eligible to start school in the school year beginning September 2018.

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 and attends an infant school, they must transfer to a junior school in the school year beginning September 2018.

If you are unable to apply online you can request a form by phoning 03330 142903. The form should then be returned to your local West Sussex school or posted to the admissions team by recorded delivery so that it arrives before the application deadline. It is recommended you keep a copy of this form.

Parents  can apply for up to three different schools. You must rank the schools in order of preference. The first school should be the one you would most like your child to go to.

It is advised to use all three preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences (you can find out which catchment area you are in at the West Sussex County Council website). If you want your child to be considered for a place at their catchment school you must include this as one of your three preferences.

And it is to be remembered that if you apply after the deadline (15 January 2018) you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for education and skills, said: “We urge you to make sure you get your application form in for your child as soon as possible.

“We will try to meet parental preferences wherever possible. To help us to do this it is very important that applications are submitted on time and filled in correctly. If you have any questions then please contact the admissions team.”

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Carl Eldridge
Carl Eldridge is a hugely experienced journalist who has worked on local and national newspapers, magazines and written for websites over the past 30 years. He lives in Bognor Regis with his wife and son.