PARENTS of children who will be going to school for the first time next September, are being reminded to make sure they register in time.
Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, says he visited a number of primary schools in recent weeks and was reminded that parents must make sure they register before the deadline.
Parents should apply before 15 January for admissions in September 2014 and the quickest way is to follow the links from the home page on the council’s website through Education and learning.
Cllr Kent said: “I know these things can be put to the back of the mind and often get forgotten, especially at this time of year. But forgetting can have quite a negative effect on the children and where they and their parents want to go.
“Although there is never a ‘guarantee’ of getting the place you want, the chances are far higher, usually in the 90-plus per cent range if you register on time. Register late and the places on offer are obviously restricted.”
Cllr Kent visited Bonnygate Primary in South Ockendon and Kenningtons Primary in Aveley is the last two weeks.
He said: “I am trying to visit each of the borough’s schools at least once in this year. It is fascinating to see how the passion to provide the best possible education and learning environment shows itself.
“Each school I visit has the same passion, but that manifests itself in different ways, partly because each school is different with different challenges, but partly because each head teacher is different too.
“But there’s no doubt about the enthusiasm to succeed which is clearly visible in every school I visit.”
He added that he had also visited the Ormiston Academy – also in Aveley – where he was impressed by its state-of-the-art modern facilities.
“It’s too easy to get bogged down in the politics of education,” said Cllr Kent, “when what’s really important is getting the best possible education for our children and ensuring the schools have as much funding as possible to reach that aim.
“I will support our education team and our schools in their non-stop endeavours to improve themselves, whatever the road they choose to take.”