Manchester City Council

Deadline 5pm TODAY to apply for primary school places

Time is now fast running out to apply for a primary school place for this September with a deadline of 5 pm TODAY for parents to make an application.

If any parent hasn't yet applied for a place they need to get online before 5 pm today (Tuesday 15 January) and make their application.

It's vital that parents complete their application before 5 pm to be in with the best chance of being offered a place at one of their preferred schools.  Applications received later than this will only be considered after all on time applications - which means pupils may miss out on places at the schools they would like to go to.

Applications must be made for all pupils due to start in reception classes this September. Attendance at a school nursery doesn't guarantee admission into a school's reception class.

Parents are encouraged to make at least three preferences when they make their application, and to rank their preferred schools to show which would be their first, second, third preference and so on.

Manchester operates an equal preference system to allocate places – meaning each of the preferences parents list will be considered at the same time. If this shows a place could be offered at more than one school, the child will be offered a place at the school ranked highest on their application.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: "Any parent who hasn't made an application yet for their child's reception class place needs to get on-line today before 5 pm and apply.  It should take no more than a few minutes to complete the form.  So take five minutes, get on your phone, switch on your lap-top, or use the computer at your local library - but don't miss the deadline.

"Late applications aren't dealt with until after all on-time applications, and parents who send in late applications stand far less chance of getting a place for their child at one of their preferred schools."

To make on-line applications visit www.manchester.gov.uk/admissions

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