Apply on time, apply online
Somerset County Council has today published advice for parents applying for secondary school places – for children moving from Primary to Secondary school or Middle to Upper school – in Somerset.
The first thing you need to know is that the deadline is 31st October. That is less than 5 weeks away.
Many schools will be holding open days between now and then so you should be thinking of booking on to those to get an idea of which school would best suit your child.
Applications need to be made through the Somerset County Council’s website www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions
For Primary school admissions – which includes children starting school for the first time or moving from Infant to Junior and First to Middle schools – the deadline is 15th January. So you still have a couple more months of thinking time.
SCC claim that last year 93.8 per cent of 5665 children starting school in 2018 received their first choice primary school, a slight increase on previous years. 98.4 per cent of children were given one of their top three choices.
97.5 per cent of children were offered a place at one of their top three secondary school preferences, a slight increase on last year’s figures of 97.17. 93.5 per cent received their first preference, an increase on the previous year’s figures of 92.32.
So the message is clear enough, if you make a choice, and you make it on time, there is a high chance you will get it!