Applications for next year must be made by 15th November

The admissions process for children starting secondary schools in 2003 starts this week with the publication of a new brochure to help parents decide which school is right for their child. The brochure is currently being distributed to Year 6 pupils in Chiswick’s Primary schools.

The brochure, which is available from the Civic Centre for parents with children at Primary school outside Hounslow, also provides details of a special meeting to be held at the Civic Centre on Monday 23 September. The meeting, at which places are limited, is designed to help parents who have particular difficulty with choosing a school or have additional questions.

The admissions process for Secondary schools has long been recognised as one of the most important points in a child’s education, and so the LEA is strongly urging parents to take extra care when filling in the Secondary School application forms. In some cases parents have not been successful in gaining a place at their first preference school because they do not meet the admissions criteria for that school.

Cllr Colin Ellar, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said, “In Hounslow we provide every child with a place at Secondary school, but one of the consequences of the continuing improvements at GCSE and A Level is the fact that our schools are becoming more and more popular. That is why it is essential that parents take all available advice and find out as much as possible about the different Secondary schools in the Borough.”

Cllr Ellar continued, “We have such a wide range of opportunities available to students aged 11-18 it is often a challenge for parents to pick a school that would be most suitable for their child. It is a decision that has to made with the long term in mind and so parents must be clear about the needs of their child and the opportunities available from each secondary school.”

The Admission brochure for 2003, which is being distributed to all Primary and Junior schools at the moment, provides a comprehensive guide to the admissions process. Secondary schools in Hounslow will also be holding Open Evenings and Open Days during late September and Early October for parents to visit the school and meet the staff.

Applications for Secondary School places, for September 2003, must be made by 15 November 2002.

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