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Time is running out to apply for a primary school place
Thursday 3rd January, 2013

Parents across Wigan Borough with a child due to start school in September are being urged to apply for a primary school place before the deadline passes in two weeks’ time.

More than 1200 online applications have already been received and many parents have completed a manual application form. But with an estimated 3700 children expected to start reception class in 2013, many more parents still need to tell us which school they’d like their child to attend.

Applications can be made online at Wigan Council’s website. Alternatively, paper forms are available. Parents must apply by 15th January or their application will be considered late and their child will be less likely to get a place at a school of their choice.

Every child living in Wigan Borough who turns four between 1st September 2012 and August 31st 2013 must apply for a place via the council - even if the child’s name has been registered with a school, has a place at the school’s nursery or they have a brother or sister already at the school.

Council staff will be at the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre in Wigan on 11th January offering advice to parents who maybe struggling with the application or are unsure how to fill it out. Or parents can contact staff at the council on 01942 486040 or by email at schoolplaces@wigan.gov.uk.

Cllr Susan Loudon, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, says: “The start of the New Year means there is now only a matter of days before the deadline passes for primary school applications. Parents really need to get their forms completed soon – if they haven’t already done so.

“I’m really pleased more than 1200 people have filled out the online form so far. That shows it is simple and easy to use. If you need any help filling it in, council staff will be at the Grand Arcade on 11th January offering free support and guidance. I’d encourage everyone to make this a priority for 2013.”

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