School admissions 2019 – apply online and on time
Primary school admissions 2019 are now ready to apply for and if you are a parent in Taunton, you are being urged to make sure you apply for school places online and in time.
Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through the Somerset County Council’s website.
The deadline to submit applications for secondary school places is 31 October – that’s for children moving from Primary to Secondary school or Middle to Upper school in September 2020.
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 15 January 2020.
Although ‘chaser’ texts and letters will be sent to parents on the Council’s database who have not yet applied, the responsibility for getting applications in on time will be yours.
Councillor Faye Purbrick, Cabinet Member for Education and Transformation, discussed this at length with Tone News and told us:
“At this time of year many parents and their children will be considering attending open days to find out more about their local schools.”
“This can help them decide where they would like to attend next and which three schools they will include in their application.”
“It’s an important decision and I would urge everyone to submit three preferences, including their local school as one of those preferences. In recent years, some applications have only included one preference for a non-local school.”
All schools in and around Taunton have been reminded of the application deadlines and asked to send information to you in school newsletters.
As well as linking to an online application form, the web page holds a wealth of related information including a directory of schools, catchment areas and school admissions policy.
Last year, nearly 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s school admission figures show.
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