School applications close Thursday

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Parents are being urged to get their children’s primary, infant and junior school applications in as deadline day approaches.

However, a fifth of parents are yet to apply for their place and applications need to be with the council by Thursday, for parents to be in with the best chance of getting a place at their preferred school.

By law, children must start statutory education full-time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.

Nearly a quarter of junior school transfer applications are also outstanding and need to reach the council by Thursday to meet the deadline. These apply to children who are currently in Year 2 at the county’s infant schools and are due to enter Year 3 in September.

Late applications will still be accepted by Norfolk County Council but will be considered after those received on time, meaning parents are less likely to get their first preference.

Parents are invited to specify up to three preferences and are strongly advised to include their child’s catchment school. If the catchment school is not included a place cannot be reserved for children living in the area.

Where schools are oversubscribed there are clear rules about which children should receive priority, these include children who are in care and those with a statement or Education and Health Care Plan naming a specific school

The best way to apply is via the council’s website

National offer day is Monday, 18 April and those who apply online will receive an email that afternoon with details of their offer. Those sending paper applications will receive a letter by class post containing that information.