APPLY for your child’s primary school place now – Sheffield parents are being urged.
Admissions leaders at the Sheffield Council have made the plea as the deadline for online applications ends this Sunday, December 9.
Paper applications can be submitted until January 15.
The process will see around 6,500 youngsters admitted into reception classes.
But parents are urged to apply as soon as possible to secure places and avoid the potential stress of the appeals process - which only begins after allocations in April.
John Bigley, manager of admissions and access, said: “Nobody wants to be in appeals.
“They can be quite stressful and time consuming so if they can be avoided that is a much better outcome.”
Admissions staff currently use the information of youngsters in pre-school for the primary phase but not all toddlers are in early years education.
The problem is worse in Burngreave, Fir Vale and Tinsley, where early years provision take-up is lower.
Mr Bigley said the council had led campaigns to improve the situation.
He added: “Make sure you apply. There should be no assumptions, children do not have a guaranteed place at their catchment school.”
Parents are urged to fill in all three preferences and make ‘well informed’ decisions – such as listing their catchment school.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “We have one of the best records in the country of children getting into their first preference primary school and want to build on that.
Apply online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/primaryschooladmissions before Sunday.
Call 01142 735766 with any questions or for a paper application.