Parents with children transferring to secondary school in September 2013 are being advised to make sure they have their application packs and apply online by the deadline of 31 October, 2012.
Last year, 95% of parents applied for a school place online, and it's now the preferred method of choosing a school. Parents need to apply for a school place a year in advance, so any children moving from primary to secondary in 2013 should apply from 10 September and if you want a reception place you can apply from 19 November. You can apply online at the following link www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions
The school admissions website has lots of information and links designed to help you choose a school and parents can log on at midnight from 1 March to find out the school offered to their children. If parents don't have a computer, they can apply by phone on 01522 782030 or can ask for an application pack.
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children's Services, explained: "With 95% of parents applying online the system has proved to be very popular. I know that being able to log on from 1 March to find out the result is something parents like. We have over 90% of children being given their first preference and there is no reason why this should not continue next year."
Many schools are becoming academies but the system for applying for a place hasn't changed. Parents should ask their primary school about any 11+ arrangements. Parents of children in year 6 are told by letter where they can get free home to school transport and this may be an important consideration for choosing a secondary school.
No school can only look at applications which put it as a first preference - all offers are made by referring to the published admission policy. No school can ask parents what school they put down as first preference.