STAFFORDSHIRE parents looking for a primary or middle school place have less than two weeks to get their applications in.
The deadline for submissions for the next intake is set for Tuesday, January 15.
County Councillor Ian Parry, Cabinet Member for Education, Finance and Transformation said: “We know this is important to parents, and we do our very best to accommodate them as much as possible.”
Councillor Parry said year on year the majority of parents in the county were allocated their first choice school, exceeding the national average for allocating a top three choice.
“We need all applications as soon as possible and definitely by 15 January 2013 as a lot of work goes into organising the process,” he said.
This year, parents are being encouraged to make use of the online admissions process and to select their three preferred schools to ensure they have their best chance, although paper submission forms are still available.
“Having so many people apply online is great, as this is something we encourage in the interests of speed and efficiency,” said Councillor Parry. “It also means parents no longer have an anxious wait for the post to arrive when they use this method, since an email will be received on national offer day 22 April 2013.”
Staffordshire’s admissions team have a proved track record of supporting parents through the admissions process, with 91 per cent receiving their first choice in 2012 and 97 per cent allocated one of their top three preferences.
To apply online for a primary or middle school place in September 2013 log on to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/Admissions.