Parents and guardians in the Bradford district, whose little ones are set to embark on their primary school journey this September, are urged to swiftly apply for school placements before the imminent deadline – a mere fortnight away.

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 must have their primary school applications submitted by midnight on Monday 15 January. Failing to adhere to this crucial timeframe could jeopardize securing a desired school place for their child.

The recommended method for application is the online process available through the Bradford Council website at www.bradford.gov.uk/admissions. Not only is this method safe, but it also streamlines the application process, ensuring efficiency. Parents opting for online applications will receive email notifications regarding their child’s school placement on National Offer Day, scheduled for 16 April.

To facilitate a seamless application experience and enhance the likelihood of securing a preferred school, Bradford Council outlines five essential steps for parents and guardians:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the admission criteria of your chosen schools by visiting each school’s website or consulting the Guide for Parents, accessible at www.bradford.gov.uk/admissions.
  2. Review the guidelines outlined in the Applying for Primary School booklet distributed to parents in November.
  3. Complete the online application form, listing all five preferences, and duly fill in any required Supplementary Information Forms before the specified deadline.
  4. Ensure the application is submitted before the deadline on January 15, 2024.
  5. Submit only one application; refrain from applying online using multiple email addresses.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “Starting primary school is a big step for every family. We make the application process as simple as it can be. The easiest way of applying is to do so online.

“To give your child the best chance of getting a place at a school you have chosen we strongly recommend parents choose five preferences. If you only apply for one school, you will only be considered for that school and will be wasting the opportunity to be considered for any others if that one does not have a place available.

“Its also important that parents read the admissions policies of the schools they are applying for so that they understand their child’s chances of getting a place there. We do our best to accommodate all applications but parents should not assume they will definitely be given one of their five preferences.”

For those encountering difficulties with online applications, the Bradford Council’s Admissions Team can be contacted at 01274 439200. Any queries can be directed to the council’s website: www.bradford.gov.uk/admissions or via email at primaryadmissions@bradford.gov.uk.