Online applications for Lancashire school places go live today, Friday 1 September.
Parents and carers can now apply online for children either starting primary school or moving to secondary school in September 2023.
It is important to submit a timely online application for your child’s school place for September 2024 to give yourself the best chance of securing your preferred school.
While all applications received up to the closing date are given equal priority, if you miss the deadline, a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.
County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “The majority of applications are now submitted online as parents find this to be the most convenient method.
“You must also apply if you want to get your child into their siblings’ school as they will not be automatically allocated a place.
“The whole process should only take a few minutes but if you need support in making your application, our admissions team will be happy to help.”
Parents and carers should also plan how their child will get to school as part of the admissions process.
Your child may be able to get free transport to school, depending on how far the walk is. There is also support for families on low incomes.
If families are not entitled to school transport assistance, it is their responsibility to get their child to school.
You can buy a season ticket for use on Lancashire County Council’s contracted school services where spaces are available.
County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “With a season ticket you can save up to 20% of the cost of the daily return fare. You can also spread the cost if you choose to pay by direct debit.
“I would also urge parents and carers to check our school transport policies to check if they are eligible for free transport.”
Applications open today, Friday, 1 September 2023, and as for all schools nationally, the closing dates are 31 October 2023 for secondary schools, and 15 January 2024 for primary schools.
Children start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday.
For more information go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools