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Everything you need to know about primary school applications for September 2021

Parents in Peterborough can now apply to secure a place for their children at primary schools for September 2021 - with many schools unable to offer visits due to the coronavirus crisis.
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Primary school applications through Peterborough City Council have opened - here's what parents need to know (Picture: PA Media)

Applications for primary and junior school places opened on September 11 and close on January 15.

Parents of children born between September 1 2016 and August 31 2017 who live in Peterborough need to apply for Reception.

Parents of children who attend an infant school and were born between September 1 2013 and August 31 2014 need to transfer to Year 3 at a junior school.

National Offer Day - when parents that applied online can log into the portal to see which school their child has been offered - is set to be April 16 next year.

This year, 93.7% of pupils in Peterborough were allocated their first preference of primary school, with 4.3% offered their second choice. The number of children not receiving one of their top three choices dropped to 1.1%, from 2.1% in 2019.

The council has provided a Primary School Admission document for all parents, with the application process explained in detail and the criteria for all infant, junior and primary schools. This can be found on the council website here.

The Covid-19 crisis has meant that the process for parents selecting their school preferences has changed. School visits cannot occur in the current climate, as explained by Jackie Ward, admissions secretary from Thorpe Primary School in Netherton.

She said: "Due to the current climate, we are currently having no visits in school to show parents around. Our places are offered out by Peterborough City Council, and one of our senior management team will meet with a new parent, complete paperwork and give information about start dates and procedures.

"We do have videos on our school website and lots of information can be found there. If parents have any other questions they are welcome to telephone or email the school and we will do our best  to answer them."