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.