Parents in County Durham are being reminded they are running out of time to apply for primary school places for their children.
The deadline for applications for the next academic year, which starts in September 2018, is Monday 15 January 2018.
In order for a child to be eligible to start school in September 2018, the child’s birthday must fall between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.
Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “In our county we benefit from many schools with superb facilities and dedicated staff, and we hope that through our admissions arrangements parents can express their preferences and see their children enjoy a happy and successful education.
“We know that the decision of where to send your child is a major one, and can be difficult, but we would urge parents to make sure they apply by the deadline.
“A late application greatly reduces your chances of getting into your preferred school.”
Applications can be made online, at www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions, or by post.
Application forms can also be requested by phoning 03000 265896 or by writing to the school places and admissions team at Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ.
If posting, the forms should be sent back using signed for or special delivery services.
Offers of places will be made to parents on 15 April 2018.
If you apply online you will receive an offer email. If you apply by post you will receive an offer letter. These should arrive by no later than 16 April 2018.