Deadline for secondary school applications

Time is running out for parents to apply for secondary school places for their children.

The application deadline for secondary places is 31 October. Cornwall Council is urging families to submit application forms by this date to give children the best possible chance of being placed at a preferred school.

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Parents who miss the application deadline reduce their chances of getting one of their preferred schools because their forms will not be dealt with until after all the other applications have been processed.

Cornwall Council’s Education and Early Years Service is currently working hard with local schools and the Family Information Service to help guide all parents and carers through the application process. Their mission is to raise awareness and ensure that parents have information to hand to help them identify their preferred schools and apply before the deadline.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken said: “Deciding on a preferred secondary school can be a time of mixed emotions and getting the right information at the right time can really help parents during this next stage in their child’s education.

“A visit to the school is a good opportunity to meet teachers and pupils as well as helping to find out the answers to a wide range of practical questions from school uniform to the expectations around homework. If there is not enough time to make a visit, talking to parents whose children currently attend the school can also help and the school website can provide lots of useful information.”

“For those families who need extra help navigating the school admission process, the Council also offers impartial advice on which schools to list as preferences. This support is available to any parent or carer through a Choice Adviser and if you find yourself in a situation where you are finding it a challenge to complete the application, this service can really help.”

A Choice Adviser may be contacted through the Family Information Service (0800 587 8191 or at fis@cornwall.gov.uk).

Not submitting a school application by October 31 increases the risk of not being allocated a preferred school, because late applications will not be processed until after all those submitted on time. There will be some delay before a place can be allocated and it is possible that some schools will already be full.

Posted on 11 October