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Listing your preferences
We will try and give you a place at the school you name as your highest preference, and we have a good record of meeting parents' requests. Not all, however, will get a place at their preferred school. It is important that you list between three and five schools and that you rank these in order of preference. Please tell us if you want your child to go to an independent school.
If you do not name any school, we will give your child a place at the normal school for your home address if there are places available. If the normal school is oversubscribed, we will give your child a place at the nearest school with a place available, which, depending on circumstances, may be some distance from your home. Parents who have expressed preferences for a school will be considered first. Listing only one school will not improve your chances of being offered a place there and may lead to us offering a place at a school you would prefer your child not to attend.
If your neighbour's child, or even one of your own children, were offered a place at a certain school last year, this does not guarantee a place for another child this year. This is because the number of pupils who apply, and where they live, changes from year to year. Infant and junior schools are separate schools. This means that if you apply for a place for your child at an infant school, and they have a brother or sister at the junior school, we will not give your application priority.
Our overall aim is to make sure that a single offer of a school place is made on the allocation date and that we meet your highest available preference wherever possible.
We will write to you on 1 March 2013 for secondary applications and 16 April 2013 for primary applications to offer your child a school place.
We will try to give your child a place at your preferred school, even if you live outside the County. However, we do not need to do this if: