EDUCATION chiefs have issued a reminder that applications for secondary school admissions in Dudley need to be in by the end of the month.

Secondary schools are hosting open evenings during the autumn term to give parents and prospective students information about individual schools ahead of the deadline for applications for the year 7 intake on October 31.

Parents can express up to six school preferences on the application form including schools outside the Dudley Local Authority.

Applications should be made online where possible, by midnight on October 31. Paper submissions must be with the school admission’s team by 5pm on October 31.

The closing date is a Sunday and there will be no staff available over the weekend to offer assistance so parents are advised to complete their application before the statutory deadline date which Dudley Local Authority has no flexibility to alter.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, Dudley's cabinet member for children and young people, said: "With just over a week to go before the deadline closes it’s essential that parents get those applications in on time. The online application process is really quick and simple and allows parents to select up to six schools for their child. We advise parents to take advantage of this and use all six preferences.

"We recommend that parents submit their application online rather than on paper as it’s safe, secure and they can be certain it has been received as we confirm every application via email. It also means they’ll hear the outcome more quickly as we issue all email decisions on the afternoon of March 1, 2022."

Decision emails will be sent to parents after 2pm on March 1, 2022, decision letters for people who made a paper applications will be sent out by second class post on March 1. Any appeals will be heard in May/June 2022.

Full details of how to apply and a link to the portal can be found on the Dudley Council website.

For parents with no internet access, a paper form can be requested by calling Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345.

Parents returning a paper form are advised to return the form by recorded delivery to ensure it is received.

Applications for primary school reception intake opened on October 1 and applications for primary reception in take must be made by January 15, 2022.