Postal strike threatens school applications

Baileys Court Primary School Meadowbrook Primary School Holy Trinity Primary School

Parents of children looking to start primary or secondary school in September 2010 are being told to avoid using the postal service to submit their applications.

Royal Mail workers are expected to strike on Thursday and Friday this week, which means that application forms sent through the post may fail to arrive in time for the deadline of 4:30pm on Friday 23rd October.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is advising parents/carers to apply online or hand-deliver the application form to either its Chipping Sodbury office or one of its ‘one stop shops’ in Kingswood, Thornbury or Yate.

Bradley Stoke has some of the most popular schools in South Gloucestershire, many of which are regularly oversubscribed.

Figures published by SGC show that Bradley Stoke Community School received 221 ‘first preference’ applications for entry in September 2009, for an intake quota of 180 places.

St Mary’s and Baileys Court primary schools also received significantly more ‘first preference’ applications than the number of places available.

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