Parents urged to get their primary school applications in

Monday, 24th December 2018

PARENTS are being urged to get their primary school applications in over the Christmas period, well before the 15 January 2019 deadline.

Last year, the county council offered nine out of 10 parents their first choice primary school, despite rises in pupil numbers putting pressure on school places.  A total of 98% were allocated one of their top three choices.

Now, parents who have not yet applied for primary school places are being urged to submit their applications in plenty of time before the deadline.

To increase their chances of being allocated a nearby school, parents are strongly advised to make at least three preferences, with one of those being their catchment area school.

County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Skills said:  “In Staffordshire, we have a fantastic track record of allocating parents’ preferences for both primary and secondary schools.  Even so, we need parents to help us by getting their applications in as soon as possible.

“We have already received a lot of applications, but we want to make sure that as many parents as possible apply before the closing date, so they are not at a disadvantage when it comes to allocating places.

“With rising birth rates and new housing developments getting underway across the county, there is pressure on school places.  We are well placed to cope with this extra demand as we have an extensive school building and expansion programme in place, ensuring schools have enough capacity to cope with increasing demand, and parents still have a choice when it comes to their child’s education.”

Primary school applications close on 15 January 2019.  For more information, visit