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Apply now for a primary school place in Lancashire ahead of January deadline

Parents who have not applied for a primary school place in Lancashire for their child for September 2023 have until this Sunday to make their application.

The national closing date for primary applications is Sunday, 15 January 2023.

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

The majority of applications are now submitted online, with 98% of the applications made for primary and secondary school places for the 2021-22 academic year made in this way.

County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "Applying online is the quickest and easiest way to apply for your child's school place.

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

"It is also important that you fill in all of the choices in the application, not just your first preference.

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

Primary school offers will be issued to parents on 17 April 2023. Secondary school offers will be announced on 1 March 2023.

All applications are allocated fairly and objectively, with all preferences are considered against the published admissions policy.

Where there are more applications than places available, decisions are made as to which children should be offered the available places. These decisions can be appealed.

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