The application process for children who need a primary or secondary school place in Peterborough for September 2024 has started.

Any child transferring from primary school to secondary school next year must apply for a place by October 31, 2023.

Children due to start at primary or junior school next September must complete their application by January 15, 2024.

Parents are encouraged to make applications online. Children starting at primary or junior school will be notified about their school place on national offer day on April 16, 2024. Those applying to secondary school will be offered a place on  March 1, 2024.

Parents are also advised to apply for a place at their child’s catchment school to maximise the chances of obtaining a place.

Cllr Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, education, skills and the university said: “There is always high demand for school places and we do our utmost to ensure that children are offered a place at their preferred primary or secondary school.

“If parents apply online and apply to their child’s catchment school if they can, we are more likely to be able to meet their wishes and ensure all children benefit from an enjoyable and fulfilling education.”