Parents and carers in County Durham are being reminded they are running out of time to apply for primary school places for their children.
The deadline for applications for the next academic year, which starts in September, is Saturday 15 January.
In order for a child to be eligible to start school in September, the child must have been born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.
Cllr Ted Henderson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “We understand that the decision of which school to send a child to is, understandably, a major one and can be difficult to make, but we would urge parents and carers to make sure they apply by the deadline.
“A late application greatly reduces chances of getting into a preferred school.”
Applications can be made online at www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions or by post. If posting, the forms should be sent back using signed for or special delivery services.
Application forms can also be requested by phoning 03000 265 896 or by writing to the school places and admissions team at Green Lane, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6JQ.
Offers of places will be made to parents on 19 April.
For applications completed online, offers will be received by email. For applications sent by post, offers will be received by letter. These should arrive by no later than 21 April.