Primary school placement deadline
There is still time for parents to apply for a primary school place online or by returning their form by 15th January, 2016
Parents must apply to the county council for a primary school place, even if a name has been put down at a school or the child has an older sibling at that school.
An application must be made for every child starting school in September 2016. Parents can apply online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/startingprimary or by completing a paper form which can be downloaded from the same site or requested from the county council's Admissions & Transfer Team on 01452 425407.
Parents are encouraged to list five preferred schools on their form as school places cannot be guaranteed - failing to include second, third and fourth and fifth choices could lead to children being allocated school places parents would not have chosen.
This year the deadline to apply online or return the form is 15th January, 2016.
Changes can be made to the form right up until the closing date. An email will be sent to confirm that the application has been received. There is no risk of applications getting lost in the post.
Cllr Paul McLain, Cabinet member for children and young people and commissioning, said: "Applying for a primary school place for your child is vital."
"Applications online are the quickest and easiest way to give us your preferences. To have the best chance of getting one of your preferred schools, please get the forms to us by the deadline on the 15th January."
Last year, 88 per cent of children received their first preference primary school, 96 per cent was offered one of their preferences and 95 per cent of parents applied for their child's primary place online.
Parents will find out which school they have been allocated on 18th April and will need to return the reply form by 29th April. After 13th May, if parents have requested an alternative placement, or have made a late application, they will receive the result of the reconsideration of the school place application. Appeals will be held for admission to schools during June and July.
If you have any questions about primary school admissions, contact Gloucestershire County Council's Admission and Transfer Team on 01452 425407 or go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/startingprimary