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Deadline looming for your preferred school places
HILLINGDON parents are urged to apply early for their preferred school, as demand for places remains high.
The cut-off date for applications for secondary schools is October 31, with year six pupils and their parents encouraged to apply online on the council's website or via post before October 25.
The applications deadline for children due to start primary school next September (those born between September 1 2009 and August 31 2010) is Wednesday, January 15.
Demand for early years and primary school places in Hillingdon has been rising over the last six years and is forecast to continue to grow, due to rising birth rates and families moving into the borough.
Anticipating a strain on school places, Hillingdon Council created extra space for 870 pupils that started last week by building classroom and play areas in 18 primary schools.
This is all part of a £150m investment programme, already in its third year, hoping to deliver 6,500 additional primary school places.
Geraldine Mappley, head of Bourne Primary School said: "We were bursting at the seams and the extra space has helped us to better deliver the national curriculum."
The programme will also include three new schools at St Andrew's Park, Uxbridge, Lake Farm, Hayes and in Yiewsley/West Drayton, creating nearly 1,900 school places for children aged 3-11.