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 Monday, 14th January 2019.
Children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 are eligible to start reception classes in September 2019 and parents are asked to complete their applications before the 14th January 2019 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).
Parents may apply using the council’s online application system. For more information, visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk – alternately, parents may request an application pack by telephoning the council’s admissions team on 01633 644508 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 14th January will be informed which school their child will attend no later than 16th April 2019.
Monmouthshire’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Richard John, said: “Applying for a school place for your child is an exciting time for parents but also a great responsibility. It’s important that applications are submitted by the deadline on 14th January 2019 because late submissions risk failing to secure a place at the preferred school. I’d urge parents to make their preference and submit their application as soon as possible.”
Contact the School and Student Access Unit on 01633 644508 or email email@example.com for further information.