THERE is less than a fortnight left to apply for a place at one of Thurrock’s primary schools this coming September.
People who apply within the deadline have a far higher chance of receiving their first preference place.
Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, said on Thursday (2 January): “Every year parents come to our councilor surgeries asking for help because they’d forgotten to get their application in on time.
“However, a late application is simply that and has to be at the bottom of the queue. It can be heartbreaking, but there is little that can be done.
“Leaving the application late considerably increases the chances of your child going to a school that’s not near their friends, or that involves a lengthy journey, so please make sure you apply in good time.”
If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, you must apply for a reception school place for September 2014. If your child is in the last year at an infant school you must apply for a junior school place for September 2014.
Cllr Kent added: “The deadline for applications is 15 January and I would urge every parent with a child coming up for school age to apply now and not leave it until the last minute – or even after the deadline.
“Although the council does not actually allocate the places – that’s done by the schools themselves – we do co-ordinate the process.
“The easiest way to do this is to go online to the council’s website at thurrock.gov.uk and the application’s just a couple of clicks away.
“By applying online you will get an email acknowledgement, you can choose to have your offer of a place sent by email and you will be able to check which school place has been offered from 16 April 2014.”