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Parents with children starting reception at primary or junior school in September 2015 can apply for places from Monday,(November 17).

Information packs area available from primary schools from Monday and parents need to apply online by the deadline of January 15 2015 - go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.

Last year, 98 per cent of parents applied for a school place online making this the preferred method of choosing a school. School admissions websites have lots of information and links designed to help choose a school, but if parents don’t have a computer they can apply by phone on 01522 782030 or ask for an application form.

Parents can get information from the ‘Going to Primary School in Lincolnshire’ book and see Ofsted and performance results on schools’ websites.

Executive Councillor for Children’s Services Patricia Bradwell said: “With 98 per cent of parents applying online the system has proved to be very popular. I know most parents will be looking forward to checking for their child’s school place online on April 16 next year. We have over 90 per cent of children being given their first preference and there is no reason why this should not continue next year.”

Parents can apply for up to three state schools, in or out of county via the application process. The county council is strongly advising parents to name three schools on their application as a place cannot guarantee at preferred schools.

If not living in Lincolnshire applications must be made through your home local authority. Lincolnshire schools can be named on this application.

No school can only look at applications which put it as a first preference - all offers are made by referring to the published admission policy. No school can ask parents what school they put down as first preference.

Lincolnshire County Council expects about 7,700 primary applications, which can be dealt with as long as parents send them back on time.

Last year 93.6 per cent of parents were given the primary school they wanted as first preference and over 98 per cent were given one of their three preferred schools.