Deadline approaching for primary school admissions
PARENTS with children due to join reception class at primary school in September are being urged to get their applications in as soon as possible.
This year 2,691 youngsters will be heading into full-time education in Swansea for the first time.
Swansea Council's education team is urging parents and guardians to meet the March 7 deadline for applications to help secure the place of their choice.
Robin Brown, Head of Education Inclusion at Swansea Council, said: "Your preferred choice of school for your child will be met if at all possible and, as in previous years, most children receive a place in the school of their parents' choice.
"But because of class size limits set by the Welsh Government, parents whose children are in a nursery class or who live in the catchment area of a school should not assume they are guaranteed a place and will still need to fill in an application.
"We would urge parents who have not yet done so to fill out their application form now. If your application is late it can only be considered after all 'on-time' applications, and this may mean you have less chance of a place in your preferred school."
In Swansea, 82 infant, junior and primary schools provide a broad education designed to meet individual needs and to teach all the national curriculum subjects. Swansea also has Welsh medium schools, Roman Catholic schools and one Church in Wales primary school.
Parents should have automatically received an Information for Parents booklet 2012/13 and application form, but anyone who cannot find their form can ask at their chosen school or contact the Council's school and governors unit on 01792 636550.
Answers to frequently asked questions about admission can be found at: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=45780
Parents will be informed by April 27 whether or not they have been allocated a place at the school of their choice and, if not, where there is a place available.
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