Council warns over Reading primary school places

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Parents applying for primary school places for children in Reading are being warned not to miss the January application deadline.

The borough council has warned it expects many schools to be full for the 2012/13 intake by 15 January.

A council spokesman said the authority had seen demand grow for school places in recent years and was providing 90 additional spaces across three schools.

Families will learn which school they have been allocated in April.

The authority runs a co-ordinated admissions scheme, allowing parents to apply for up to four schools for their child, in order of preference.

The new spaces will be provided at St John's, Katesgrove and Wilson primary schools.

The spokesman said it was very difficult to accurately predict the demand for schools.

He said: "The timing of the application process will enable us to work with schools in the areas of highest demand if we need to in order that we can offer school places and improve upon the 84% first preference success rate achieved in September 2011."

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