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IT’S crunch time TODAY for parents waiting to find out if their child has secured a spot in their primary school of choice.
Here is what you need to know about when you’ll find out if your child has a place in your chosen school – and what to do if they’ve missed out.
The 2021 primary school year begins in September
When will I find out whether my child has a place?
Councils will send confirmation of which school your child has been offered a place today – Friday, April 16, 2021.
Have a look at your local council’s website for more information or to find out your results if you applied online.
What happens if my child doesn’t get a place?
If you receive a letter refusing your child a place at the school you chose, you can appeal against the decision.
If you receive multiple rejections, you have to appeal against each one separately. But you can only lodge one appeal per rejection.
When must my child start school?
The 2021/22 school year begins at the start of September, but the date will vary depending on your area.
Some councils begin on Tuesday, September 1, while others kick off the year on the Wednesday or Thursday.
To find out the exact start date for next year, find your local council here.
Children who turn four before September will start school this yearCredit: Alamy
When can I apply for next year?
Most children start school full-time in the September after they turn four.
This means they’ll turn five during their first school year.
If you feel your child is ready to start school at the usual time they can start part time or part way through the year.
If your child was born in the summer (April 1 to August 31), you can apply in the autumn after they turn five.
Your child must legally be in full time education by “compulsory school age”.
This means December 31, March 31 or August 31 following a child’s fifth birthday – whichever comes first.
Children born between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2017, are able to start primary school in September 2021.
Applications closed at midnight on January 15, 2021.
How many schools can I choose?
When completing the application, either online or paper, you will be asked to list the schools you’re applying for in order of preference.
You must apply for at least three schools.
What do parents need to have ready?
This year will be tough on parents getting everything together for when their children return to school with the current coronavirus crisis going on.
But netmums has come up with a handy checklist for what you need to ensure the little ones are all sorted for when September rolls around.
With all uniform, it is best to check the guide sent by schools for specific colours if you are not buying from them.
These things include:
- Four shirts/polo shirts
- Two pairs of trousers and one pair of shorts for boys
- A belt if needed
- Two pinafores/skirts/trousers for girls, depending on their preference
- Two jumpers – one with school logo and one plain
- Tie and blazer, depending on school
- Gym bag
- Plimsolls or trainers
- Name labels
- Book bag, which is usually sold by the school
- Lunch box or lunch bag
- Water bottles, a normal one and a smaller one for lunch
- Pencil case with pencils, rubber, ruler, sharpener and crayons
- School bag