The process to apply for a primary school place, or middle school place if you live in certain parts of Staffordshire, is now open for the school year starting in September 2014.
Before applying, there are key areas that you may want to think about before making your decision:
• the admission criteria for the school you are considering
• how the school is doing – their Ofsted results, their policies, after school activities, community links, their healthy eating approach
• What suits your child – are their friends there, the size of the school, etc.
• If there is an option to visit the school or find out more
Taking the time to do some research now can really pay off for the future. It allows you to ask the right questions about what you want from a school and how this would work for you and your child.
This year all parents are being encouraged to choose three preferred schools when filling in the application forms to make sure they have the best chance of being allocated one of their top three schools.
Last year 92% of parents received their first choice of primary school in Staffordshire. 97% were allocated one of their top three preferred schools. This is despite rising birth rates across the county making it even more difficult to allocate preferred places.
The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2014.
Parents can apply online at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/Admissions. You can also find out information about the admission criteria for schools in Staffordshire here
Not sure of whether it applies to your child?
Your child can start school full-time in a reception class in the September of the school year in which they become five:
• Children’s dates of birth between 01.09.09 – 31.08.10 – admission in September 2014 – application packs available from the school or School Admissions and Transport Service from November 2013.
• Children’s dates of birth between 01.09.10 – 31.08.11 – admission in September 2015 -application packs available from the school or School Admissions and Transport Service from November 2014.
• Children’s dates of birth between 01.09.12 – 31.08.13 – admission in September 2016 – application packs will be available from the school or School Admissions and Transport Service from November 2015.
Photo Credt: James Boardwell
Note: The deadline for September 2014 admissions has now passed.