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If you have a child starting infant, primary or junior school this September, then apply for a place now.

That’s the council’s message to local families, as the application closing date, Saturday 15 January, approaches.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, urged parents to get applications in before the closing date – and to apply online if possible.

She said: “This is a big decision and we want it to go smoothly for families. It’s really important to apply on time, because being late could affect the chances of children getting a place at their preferred school. Please apply online if you can – the application process is quick and easy.”

Families need to apply for places if children are going to school for the first time. Children born on or between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 will start school in September this year.

Families also need to apply if their child is moving up from an infant school to a junior school.

See our school admissions page to get started and to find out more. There is also an information booklet with guidance on schools and the admissions process.

The council’s admissions team can be contacted on 023 9268 8008 or admissions@portsmouthcc.gov.uk if parents and carers can’t get online or need more advice.