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Parents are being urged to apply for their child’s secondary school place before the end of the month to have the best chance of getting a preferred option.

Previous years have shown that those who apply late have more than a 30 per cent less chance of getting a preferred school place.

Leeds City Council is calling on parents and carers whose children are due to start secondary school next September to complete an online application before the closing date of October 31, 2015.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member responsible for children and families, said: “Unfortunately every year there are disappointed parents and children who we are unable to offer a place to at one of their preferred schools because they apply after the deadline. We want to give everyone a fair opportunity by encouraging everyone to apply on time.

“It is very important that families list five schools they wish their children to attend - in order of preference, to give them the best chance of attending a preferred school. We also strongly advise parents to include their nearest priority school to maximise their chances of getting a local place.”

To complete an online application visit Leeds City Council’s website - www.leeds.gov.uk.

For those applying online, offers will be emailed on March 1, 2016.

Paper application forms can be obtained from the website or from any school. Their offers will be posted by 2nd class post on March 1, 2016.

The council’s website gives details about previous allocation rounds including maps showing furthest allocation distances. To find out their nearest priority school, parents can call the admissions team on 0113 2221414.

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