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Thursday 5th September, 2013

The new school term may have only just started but already parents are being told to think about which secondary school they want to send their child to next year – if their son or daughter is in Year Six.

Applications for secondary school places are already open and will close on Thursday 31 October. Thousands of parents will need to fill in an online form if their child turns 11 between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.

Parents should already have received information about how to apply if their child is due to move from primary school to secondary school next September. If a child doesn’t attend a Wigan school, they should contact the council for an application pack. Applications can be made online at the council’s website.

Councillor Susan Loudon, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I know most children will only just be adjusting to the new school year so it will seem strange for parents having to think about what they want to do next September.

“But it’s the national closing date for applications on 31 October. It’s important parents apply now. The online application system is easy to use and the quickest way of filling in the form.

“Parents have until the end of October to get their forms in and applications received after that will be considered late. Parents may have less chance of getting their preferred school if the application is late.”

To apply for a place at a secondary school, go to www.wigan.gov.uk/schooladmissions. If you have further questions, email schoolplaces@wigan.gov.uk or call 01942 486040.

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