09/02/2024 - Permalink

Reminder as over 300 children fail to apply for primary school place

Related topics: Children's services

Shropshire families whose children are eligible to start primary school this September are being urged to apply for a place as soon as possible.

Of the 3000 children in the Shropshire Council area eligible to start reception in September 2024, only 2676 applications were received by the 15 January deadline.

This leaves 324 eligible children (10.8% of the total) whose families have either not yet applied, or haven’t advised the council if they will be home or privately educating their child – thus negating the need to apply.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:

“We urge all families with a child eligible to start reception class this September to submit their online application as soon as possible, or notify us if they will instead be home or privately educating them.

“It’s very  important to remember that If you don’t make an online application, your child will not be allocated a school place.”

 Online applications should be made via Shropshire Council’s Synergy website.