PARENTS will receive their child’s offer of a primary school place this week as planned promise Warwickshire education chiefs.
Despite the current challenges for the service due to the pandemic, the allocation of school places for children due to start reception or junior school in September 2020 have been processed as usual and the published timetable will still be followed.
It means parents who submitted an application either online, by phone or using a paper form before the national deadline of January 15, will be notified of their child’s school place in the first round of offers this week.
Any late applications or preference changes received after January 15 will be processed in the second allocation round after the May 5.
Warwickshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Communities Mark Ryder said: “During this current time of uncertainty and unprecedented change in all of our daily lives, we are pleased to be able to provide reassurance to parents and carers that school admission arrangements for September 2020 have not been affected and are still going ahead as originally planned.”
“Staff in our Admissions team have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to make sure that offers for reception and junior school places are sent out to parents on national offer day and to ensure that our school children have an offer of a school place when we are able to return back to normal.”
Parents will be notified of their child’s school place in one of two ways, depending on how they submitted their application:
Parents who submitted an application on time using the online parent portal will be able to log on to the portal today (Thursday) to view their child’s offer which should be visible by midday. Parents may be able to view their offer earlier than this however we would advise waiting until 10am before checking and to allow for a slight delay before contacting Admissions, as timings can vary depending on internet service providers. A separate email will be sent from the Admissions service to parents with an online account guiding them through the steps they need to take to accept their child’s place or, if they have any queries, advising parents how they can contact the team for further information.
Parents who submitted their child’s application over the phone or by paper form will receive a letter containing their child’s offer which was posted first class yesterday (Wednesday) . Parents are advised to allow additional time for their letter to arrive, especially given the current situation which is having an impact on postal services across the country.
The deadline for accepting offers is Friday April 24.
To help avoid unnecessary delays or long waiting times trying to get through to the service on the phone, parents wanting to contact Admissions should email [email protected] or by using the dedicated online form by clicking www.warwickshire.gov.uk/admissionsqueryform
Click www.warwickshire.gov.uk/school-admissions-appeals/get-school-offer/1 for more information about the admissions process.