Deadline looms for parents to apply for Starting School places

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Parents are being urged to apply for a ‘Starting School’ place as soon as possible by Bedford Borough Council.

Last year, Bedford Borough Council received 211 late applications and as a result, some children were not able to go to their preferred school.

The council is reminding everyone that submitting a late application significantly reduces their child’s chance of an offer of a place at one of their preferred schools.

Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “It is really important that people submit applications to schools on behalf of their children on time - this will ensure the fairest possible distribution of school places.

“We help to secure preferred placements as much as we can and we encourage parents to make an application soon to avoid any unnecessary disappointment.”

If you are a parent or carer of a child born between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010, then you need to apply for a school place before January 15, 2014.

You can apply online via Before you apply, please read the ‘Starting School’ booklet which can be found at