Parents and carers across Leicestershire with children due to start secondary school next year are being encouraged to apply for a place.
The application process is now open, with parents required to apply for their preferred schools by 31 October.
Letters explaining how to apply will shortly leave County Hall to individual parents. If they do not receive a letter, they may still apply through an online system.
A range of information is available at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions to help families start the application process and submit preferences for schools, including an interactive guide to education which contains advice to help parents and carers successfully apply for a child’s school place.
Choosing which schools to apply for is one of the most important decisions a family can make, and we are committed to working with parents and carers to support them as they make this choice.
“Last year over 96 per cent of Leicestershire parents secured their child a place at a preferred school, so we want to remind parents to maximise their opportunities by applying for three schools, including their catchment school.
"There is no automatic entry for any school, so it is very important for applications to be submitted before the closing date of 31 October.Person:Councillor Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families
Open evenings held at schools, for parents and carers to view facilities and speak to the teachers, can be useful in helping determine which school is best for their child.
Schools should be contacted directly, from the start of term and before the closing date, to find out more.