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Apply for your secondary school place now as Hallowe'en deadline looms

Don't get the shock of your life this Hallowe'en and remember that applications for secondary school places in Lancashire need to be in by Tuesday 31 October.

The online application system is open until 11:59 pm for all those applying for a secondary school place.

Online via the county council's website is the quickest and easiest way to apply for a place.

All applications received up to the closing date are given equal priority. However, if you miss the deadline, a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.

County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for Education and Skills, said: "Parents often take a considerable amount of time considering which schools to apply for when making the transition from primary to secondary.

"To give yourself the best chance of getting your first choice, please ensure you apply before the deadline on 31 October.

"It is also important to remember that having a child already at a school does not mean their sibling will be automatically allocated a place.

"If you need support in making your application, please get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help."

Where there are more applications than places available, decisions are made according to the particular school's admission criteria. These decisions can be appealed.

Parents whose children attend Lancashire schools or academies, but live in another local authority area, should apply via the local authority where they live.

Secondary school offers will be announced on 1 March 2024. The closing date for primary school applications is 15 January 2024.

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Parents can also call 0300 123 6707 to find out more, and for support.