Monmouthshire parents advised to meet 15th January deadline to book 2016 reception class places
Monmouthshire County Council is alerting parents and guardians of children due to start primary education next September that the closing date to apply for school places is 15th January 2016.
Children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 are eligible to start reception classes in September 2016 and parents are asked to complete their applications before the 15th January 2016 closing date. This will give them the best chance of ensuring that their child attends their preferred school. Parents resident in Monmouthshire must apply to the council even if their preferred school lies outside the county’s borders (excluding schools in Newport where applications are to be made directly to the city council).
The completion of an application form expressing written preference for a school is a legal necessity set out in the School Admissions Code of Practice. In addition, while each school within the county serves a specific catchment area parents or guardians can not assume that their children will automatically gain entry. Parents who submit application forms by the deadline on 15th January will be informed which school their child will attend no later than 1st April 2016.
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for schools and learning, Cllr Liz Hacket Pain said: “It’s vital that parents apply for school places on time. Applications which are not submitted by 15th January will be considered after those received on time. That means parents who apply late are at greater risk of being allocated places for their child other than at their preferred school - even if they have other children already in the school.”