Deadline looms for primary school places in Thurrock

THERE is around a week left to apply for a place at one of Thurrock’s primary schools this coming September – and several hundred families have yet to do so.

People who apply within the deadline (15 January) have a far higher chance of receiving their first preference place.

The easiest way to apply is online – the link is on the council’s website home page – which also has the advantage of getting an email acknowledgement of your application; being able to choose to have your offer of a place sent by email; and being able to check which school place has been offered from 15 April 2015.

Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, said: “Every year parents come to us 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 heart-breaking, but there is little that can be done.”

All applications received before the deadline are considered together and although the final decisions are made by the individual schools according to their own criteria, all late applications go to the bottom of the list.

Cllr Kent said: “Leaving the application late considerably increases the chances of your child going to a school that’s not close to their friends, or that involves what can be a lengthy journey, so please make sure you apply in time.”

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, you must apply for a reception school place for September 2015. If your child is in the last year at an infant school you must apply for a junior school place for September 2015.

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.

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