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schooladmissionsParents and guardians are being reminded to return their school admission forms soon or they risk not getting a place for their child or children at their preferred school in the 2016/17 academic year.

The reminder is applicable to pupils due to start primary school, and to current Year 6 pupils who are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2016. The deadline for online and paper applications is midnight on Saturday 31st October 2015 for secondary school applications, and midnight on Friday 15th January 2016 for primary school applications.

Letters have been sent via schools, pre-schools and childminders to parent and guardians of pupils who are due to start or transfer school in September 2016. If you have not received your letter please contact the school admissions office by telephoning 01983 823455 or by email to [email protected].

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The best way to apply is online via the Isle of Wight Council’s website at and clicking on the appropriate tab.

Anyone using the online form will automatically receive an email response confirming that the application form has been received. Parents or guardians are advised to check that they receive this confirmation. If not, check email spam filters or contact the school admissions team.

Paper forms can also be filled out. It is very important that the completed form is sent to Isle of Wight Council School Admissions Office, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1UD. Paper forms must be received by the final deadline.

Anyone applying for a place at a church aided primary school, Christ the King College or the Island Free School, should ensure they complete a supplementary information form and return by the time stated in the respective admissions policy for that school on Saturday 31st October 2015 for secondary school applications and Friday 15th January 2016 for primary school applications.

Parents are further reminded that any forms submitted to the council after the closing deadlines will be classed as late and will only be considered after the applications that arrived on time. This could mean you do not get the school of your preference so please remember to submit on time.

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The council will process admission applications in preparation for national offer day on 1st March 2016 for secondary schools and 18th April 2016 for primary schools. An email will be sent to those who applied online and a letter will be posted to all parents or guardians who have made a valid application.

Anyone with questions about the application process should contact the admissions office. This is an important and exciting time for your child so please follow this guidance.

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