Applications for children to start high school in our borough are now being accepted. And help is available at a number of information sessions.
If your child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, he or she will be due to leave their primary school next summer and start year seven at a high school in September 2017.
The recommended date for receipt of applications is 21 October 2016 or, by the absolute latest, the final, statutory deadline is 31 October 2016.
To find out more about your preferred schools, you can visit the admissions pages on the council’s website at www.ealing.gov.uk/admissions or, alternatively, you can contact the schools themselves. Each school will also be holding an open evening, details of which can be found in the autumn edition of Around Ealing magazine.
HOW TO APPLY
You can apply online at www.eadmissions.org.uk between 1 September and 31 October 2016. If you are unable to apply online, you can ask your current school for an application form to fill in, and ask it for instructions if anything is not clear.
If you choose to apply online you must not complete a paper application as well. If you do not live in the London borough of Ealing you must contact your own home authority.
The Cardinal Wiseman (Catholic) and Twyford (Church of England) high schools require a supplementary information form to be completed to assess denominational commitment and these may be obtained either from the schools themselves, or from the council website at www.ealing.gov.uk/admissions
All new schools proposed to open in 2017 will be outside the co-ordinated application process. Parents wishing to apply to those schools will need to contact the school direct and apply on the school’s application form. Parents are strongly advised to also apply for established secondary schools through the co-ordinated system because there is no guarantee at this point that the new schools will open in 2017.
You can attend the council’s admissions fair on 5 October 2016, between 4–8pm, at Ealing Town Hall in the Liz Cantell room. Or call to book an appointment for an individual admission advice session at Perceval House, on 12, 13 and 14 October and between 10am–4pm.
Councillor Binda Rai, the council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Choosing which high schools to apply for can be quite daunting, especially if it is the fi rst time that you’re going through this process.
“The admissions fair and advice sessions are the ideal opportunity to ask our admissions team questions and find out why it is crucial to avoid errors such as only choosing one school; returning the forms late; or making unrealistic choices; because these errors can impact on which school your child will be offered a place at.”
Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/admissions or you can get in touch with your preferred school.
Alternatively, contact Ealing Council’s school admissions service by calling 020 8825 5522 between 9am and 12 noon, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by post at Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 2HL.