Starting primary school in September?
The wait for news of primary school places is almost over for pupils and parents.
On Monday 18th April, parents of pupils starting school in September 2016 will receive an allocation offer from Gloucestershire County Council. All parents in the country will be offered one school place on the same day.
Gloucestershire parents will have until 29th April to accept their school place or request an alternative school. The 93 per cent of parents and carers who applied online will receive an email confirming their school place after 9am on April 18th and will be able to accept their place online if they wish.
Other parents and carers will receive written notification of their child's allocated school in the post on Monday 18th April. This letter will be specific to each child and will contain an explanation for the decision made. More information is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
This year 6,948 children have been offered a primary school place for September. Ninety-seven per cent of children have been offered one of their preferences and 88 per cent received a place at their first preference school.
Parents are encouraged to accept their place online or return their reply forms as soon as possible.
If parents ask for their child's allocation to be reconsidered, they will be placed on the waiting list for their preferred school(s). If places then become available, they will be allocated in line with the schools admission policy.
If parents are unhappy with their initial allocation, they are encouraged to keep their allocated place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome of the reconsideration, their child will have a place at a school in September.
Cllr Paul McClain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "This is a really exciting time in a young child's life - the first step into formal education. I wish everyone well for their first day at school and I hope each and every young person in the county settles in well in to their new schools."
The admission criteria and more information about waiting lists for every school is also available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
The county council will write to parents with the result of the reconsideration after 13th May. Parents who are still not satisfied with their allocated school will be advised of the appeals procedure.