Scramble for 2010 secondary school places

PUBLISHED: 08:30 05 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:06 16 June 2010

MORE than a fifth of Devon families have already applied for a secondary school place for their child next year – just days after applications opened.

MORE than a fifth of Devon families have already applied for a secondary school place for their child next year - just days after applications opened.

Applications for a secondary school place for September 2010 opened at the start of this month.

By Friday (Sep 4) 21.4 per cent of the families eligible to apply had already done so on-line - well up on previous years.

Applications close on October 16, 2009 and the allocations will be available from March 1, 2010.

Parents of children who are now in Year 6 in a Devon primary school have been sent a letter explaining how they can apply for a secondary place.

Parents can make their application online at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline

People who do not want to apply online can contact the Education Helpline on 0845 155 1019 or email admissions@devon.gov.uk

Devon's Cabinet Member for Schools and Skills, Christine Channon, said: "Online admissions is a convenient and time saving method of applying for a school place.

"Although parents may still apply in writing, there are many benefits to applying online.


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