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Starting secondary school in September 2017? Apply now!

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London Councils is urging all parents of Year 6 children who are due to start secondary school in September 2017 to apply for school places on time.

Every child born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 will need a secondary school place for September 2017. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 31 October 2016.

Parents in London can apply for a secondary school place for their child online via . Each applicant in London can list a maximum of six secondary schools they wish to apply for and should list them in order of preference. Submitting a late application could affect the chances of a child being offered a place at the schools they prefer.

Cllr Peter John OBE, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Executive member for Business, Skills and Brexit, said:

“This time of year can be stressful for mums and dads as they choose their child’s preferred secondary schools and submit that all-important application. Right now many parents and their children will be researching which schools to apply for and attending school open days.

“The majority of London families are on the ball when it comes to getting their child’s secondary school application in on time. Last year we saw a peak in submissions two weeks before the deadline. But a late application could seriously jeopardise a child’s opportunity to attend a school of their preference.

“The deadline this year, which is set by government, is 31 October 2016. Parents who are unsure about the application process or want further information should visit their local council website.”

Last year, 86,954 on time applications for secondary school places were made through the Pan-London Admissions Scheme.

Analysis of data from the last two years has revealed that the peak time for London parents to submit their secondary school place applications is two weeks before the deadline.

There were 5,183 late secondary school applications made in the 32 London boroughs and the City of London last year, 5.6 per cent of the total number of applications made (including the late applications). Applications submitted between 1 November 2015, the day after the 2015 secondary school application deadline, and 29 July 2016, were counted as being late.

Parents that apply on time can expect to be notified of the outcome of their online application on Secondary School National Offer Day, which is on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

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Notes to Editors

  1. The Pan London Admissions Scheme co-ordinates applications for all maintained schools and academies in the 32 London boroughs, the City of London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Thurrock.
  2. The Pan London Admissions Board has overall responsibility for the school place application co-ordination scheme. Membership of the board includes representatives of the Association of London Directors of Children’s Services, the London Inter Authority Admissions Group and the London Grid for Learning.
  3. Applications for the 2017/18 academic year opened on 1st September 2016. After the 31 October deadline has passed, parents’ preferences will be ranked under each school’s oversubscription criteria to decide who will be offered a place. If a place can be offered at more than one school, the school listed higher by parents will be offered.
  4. A 2015 poll, carried out by YouGov on behalf of London Councils, showed 79 per cent of parents said the system of applying was ‘easy’.
  5. Last year 89 per cent of London pupils starting secondary school in September that applied on time were offered a place at one of their top three choices, with 69 per cent getting their first preference school.
  6. 94 per cent of pupils in London – more than 81,000 pupils - received a place at one of their six preferred schools this year, the same percentage as last year. This is despite a 3,000 increase in the number of applications.
  7. Since 2015, there has been a 3,900 increase in the number of secondary school place applications submitted. London Councils’ Do The Maths report, published in September 2016, projects that over the course of this decade, London’s pupil population (aged 5 to 19) will have grown by almost a quarter (24.5 per cent).