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Parents only have a few weeks left to apply for primary school places in Lichfield and Burntwood. The deadline is on January 15 and Staffordshire County Council is urging families to make their choices as soon as possible. County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet member for learning and skills said: “We have a fantastic track record of allocating parents’ preferences for both primary and secondary schools, but even so, we need parents to help us by getting their applications in as soon as possible. “With rising birth rates and new housing developments getting underway across the county, there is pressure on school places. Across the county we have seen a rise of 11 per cent, and in some areas the population has risen by a quarter over the past 10 years.” Last year saw nine out of 10 parents their first choice primary school in Staffordshire, while 97 per cent were allocated one of their top three preferred schools. Education chiefs hope the new Five Spires Academy on Cherry Orchard will help to cope with rises in the number of primary school aged children in Lichfield. For more information on the application process visit


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