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Mum and dads in Hertfordshire are being told the process for applying to primary, junior and middle schools in the county opens on Monday.
The County Council says if you're son or daughter is due to start primary - or move on to junior or middle school next year - you're being advised to apply for a place for them in good time.
The easiest way to apply for a school place for September 2018 is to visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions and complete the online application form.
Online applications can be amended at any time up to the closing date and you can access your school offer before allocation letters are received and accept your school allocation online.
Last year, 99 per cent of parents/carers applied this way and found the system quick, easy and secure.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said:
"We have a good track record of getting children a place at one of their preferred schools and we understand this is really important to parents and carers. Last year nearly 98 percent of children in Hertfordshire were allocated one of their four ranked primary, junior or middle schools and nearly 95 percent allocated one of their four ranked secondary or upper schools.
We're not always able to completely satisfy parental preference, despite working very hard to achieve this. I would urge parents/carers to carefully consider the schools they rank, to make realistic preferences and to visit local schools before applying."
Before making an application, parents and carers are strongly advised to visit schools to help decide their preferences. Parents/carers should contact schools directly to find out more.
The closing date for Under 11s applications is Monday 15 January 2018. It is vital that parents/carers make their applications on time.
All the information you need about the Under 11s process is available on www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
Parents/carers without internet access can request a paper application form from the Customer Service Centre that must be returned direct to the Admissions and Transport team. Application forms cannot be returned to any Hertfordshire school.
The on-time application process for admission into secondary, upper, studio schools and university technical colleges, to start in September 2018 has now closed. Parents and carers can continue to make late applications for this process at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions The last date to make an application to be considered for allocation day is 31 January 2018.
Parents/carers are advised to check www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions for any updates to the published admission arrangements or timescales, and for advice on where to find extra help about applying for places. Details about new schools and additional places will also be published on the website.