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Window now open for application to Suffolk's primary and secondary schools

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (4206849)
Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich. (4206849)

Parents and carers can now apply for primary and secondary school places for September 2019.

The deadline for applications to secure a place at a Suffolk secondary school is Wednesday, October 31 2018 and for a primary school it is Wednesday, January 15, 2019.

Secondary schools include high and upper schools and primary schools includes infant, junior and middle schools.

Last year, Suffolk County Council received over 15,000 applications from parents and carers indicating which school they would prefer their child to be educated at from September 2018.

93 per cent of applicants received offers for their first preference school and more than 98 per cent of applicants received an offer for one of their top three preferred schools.

This year, parents and carers will also need to consider the changes to Suffolk’s School Travel Policy, which were agreed by Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet on 19 June 2018. The new policy will assess eligibility for funded school travel to the nearest suitable school with a place available. More information about the changes is available at www.sufffolk.gov.uk/admissions

Councillor Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, said: “Making the right school choice is one of the most important decisions a parent makes on behalf of their child.

“I would urge all parents and carers to complete and submit their application by the closing date of October 31, 2018 for a secondary school place and 15 January 2019 for a primary school place to give their child the best chance of getting in to one of their preferred schools.

"Parents and carers can list up to three schools on their application form and we recommend applying for more than one school.”

Parents and carers should apply online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions as they will receive confirmation that we have received their application.

If for any reason parents and carers are unable to apply online they should apply on a paper CAF1 application form.

Suffolk County Council is unable to acknowledge receipt of paper applications and therefore suggest that proof of posting is obtained.

A completed application must be submitted for every child wanting a secondary school place or a primary school place from September 2019.

If you are planning to move house or you think your circumstances may change before September, it is still important to make an application on time.

Advice and guidance about this process is available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions.

Families who apply online will be able to log on to the Online Service on the National Offer Day, Friday, March 1, 2019 for secondary school places and Tuesday, April 16 for primary school places to see their offer of a school place, and they will receive an email to confirm this offer on the same day. Offer letters will be sent by second class post to applicants, who made a paper application.

Information to help parents and carers make their application is available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions

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