Will your child be joining Reception in September 2020 and you are wondering how you apply for a Primary School place?
Don’t worry we have put together a step by step process on what to do!
If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, you can apply for a full-time school place to start school in September 2020. You will receive a letter from Wakefield Council in Autumn 2019.
The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020
Results will be available online on 16th April 2020
If you want to know about the potential number of children applying for each school, a really good document is the ‘School Organisation Plan’ produced by Wakefield Council.
I came across this when my son was 18 months old and went into a bit of a panic as I realised Mini Mumbler’s intake year was oversubscribed!! There was a note to say they were aware of this and were looking at actions to increase the number of places. Luckily, by the time the next school year came around they had a planning application in for an additional classroom!
I would highly recommend getting in contact with a few schools that you think you will put on the application form. Visiting a school and seeing it full of children during the school day will give you a good feel for a school. Some schools are really flexible and will let you look around any time of the week, where as others have a one day a month viewing on a particular day! That could only be three chances for you to see your preferred school! We have listed the contact details and ways to visit all schools in Wakefield District here.
Write a list of questions to ask on your visit; is there wrap around care, are the meals cooked on the premises, what outdoor learning activities do the children take part in, are there music lessons were some of the questions we asked. And if you forgot to ask a question, do ring them back up!
You can apply in two ways; online and or by the paper application that you should have received through the post
Wakefield Council advise to apply online (here’s a quick link for you!)
Your application won’t get lost in the post
You get an email confirmation saying that your application has been received
You can change your mind right up until the closing date of 15th January 2020 (you need to email them though if you change your mind after receiving the confirmation email!)
You can find out the result immediately on 16th April 2020 instead of waiting for the post (they send it out 2nd class!)
The first thing you need to do is create an account on Parent Portal with a username and password
Click the purple ‘Start Now’ which takes you to the Synergy Parent Portal
On the top left-hand corner click ‘Create Account’ and complete details
Click ‘log in’ which takes you to the Applicant Summary page
If you click ‘View Admissions’, it takes you through to a page where you can add your school preferences
You can choose up to 5 schools and you should select them in order of preference.
When you select a school, it comes up with a tick box of preference reasons and allows you to add additional notes
If you change your mind or get them in the wrong order, don’t worry as there are arrows so you can move the school up or down
Remember to click ‘Submit Application’!
Remember only putting one school preference does not guarantee your child getting into that school. If they are oversubscribed and you haven’t put a 2nd or 3rd preference, then the local authority will decide the school.
Results will be online at 00:30am Tuesday 16th April 2020. The link to login is available here. I couldn’t remember my password and have just done the automated ‘forgotten password’! It only took a couple of minutes to come through to my email
If your school preference place is not confirmed you have the right to appeal. Your appeal should be received by Tuesday 21st May 2020. You can find the appeal form here and appeal hearings commence from June 2020 onwards. There are further appeal documents on Wakefield Council website available here