Online applications for school places go live on September 2

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Fire up those laptops – online applications for Lancashire school places go live on 2 September.

Last year, a massive 85% of parents found applying online was the easiest way to request a primary school place, and 65% of those applying for a secondary place.

The all-important form can be found at www.lancashire.gov.uk and search ‘school admissions’.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “More and more parents are using the online option as a quick and easy way to apply for school places – it’s become really popular.

“What is important is applying on time. Each year there are late applications and they c! annot be considered at the same time as those which come in on time, so I’m encouraging parents not to leave it till the last minute.

“Don’t forget that having a child at school does not automatically mean that his or her younger sibling will be allocated a place – you must still apply.

“I know how important it is to families to feel they have the right school for their child, so we’re doing everything we can to help, especially at present when the rising birthrate means that places are tight in some areas.

“I’d like to reassure parents, however, that officers within the county council are working hard to ensure that there is adequate provision of school places in areas of need.”

Applications open on September 2 and the closing dates are October 31 for secondary schools, and January 15, 2014 for primary.

Children start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk , and search for ‘school admissions’ where you’ll find all the information you need.

Parents can also call on:

- 01524 581148 (north)

- 01254 220718 (east)

- 01772 532190 (south)