Deadline looms for secondary school applications across Suffolk

The deadline for secondary school applications is October 31

The deadline for secondary school applications is October 31 - Credit: PA

There are now less than two weeks for parents to apply for secondary school places for their children across Suffolk.

Parents are being reminded that even if a family lives next door to a school, any children will not automatically get a place there. Every child needs a completed application.

It is vital an application is received by the closing date, with any applications made after the deadline only considered once all on-time applications have been determined.

It is recommended that parents and carers include more than one school preference when they complete their application form.

Councillor Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said: “Moving from primary to secondary education is one of most important moments in any child’s life.

“Broadening experiences, meeting different people and learning subjects in much greater detail at the right school really does provide a great starting point for any child’s adult life.

“By definition, it is one of the most important decisions that any parent or carer makes on behalf of their child, choosing the right school for them.

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“I would urge all parents and carers to make a full application by the closing date of 31 October to give them the best chance of securing a place at one of their preferred schools.

“It is possible to list a maximum of three schools on the application form.”

There is often demand for particular schools in areas of the county that carry high reputations regardless of catchment area.

If there is greater demand for places than are actually available at any one school, the process of placing students at that school will be decided according to the agreed oversubscription criteria.

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