TIME is running out for parents and carers to get their secondary school applications in, with less than a month until deadline day.

Families with children in Year 6 who will be moving to senior school in September 2022 have until Sunday, October 31, to complete an application for a place.

Finding local schools has been made easier this year with a new mapping system on the East Sussex County Council website, which enables parents and carers to search for schools in their community area.

Cllr Bob Standley, lead member for education and inclusion, special educational needs and disability, said: “This is an extremely important time for children due to move to senior school next year, and it’s vital that parents and carers get their applications in before the deadline to give their children the best chance of getting a place at their preferred school.

“Last year almost 90 per cent of places allocated to those that applied on time were at their preferred school.”

Parents and carers are also being reminded to select three preferred schools.  When only one school is chosen and there is no space available, the applicant will be allocated the first school with an available place.

To find out more about the application process and to apply for a place, visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/admissions

Anyone needing help with their application can visit their local library, email admissions@eastsussex.gov.uk or call 0300 3309472 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.