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February
2019
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12:34
Europe/Amsterdam

The sums look good for online school registrations

The figures for the first month of Aberdeen City Council’s new online school registration system continue to show the authority’s digital innovation has proven to be a hit at the halfway point.

The platform which went live on 7 January saw 549 applications on its first day and has now received 2483 applications in total by Friday 15 February.

The new registration process is part of a comprehensive programme of innovative solutions designed to embrace digital technology to better meet the needs of customers.

The school registration system follows the recent launch of a number of online platforms across Council services including parking permit applications, with a rolling schedule of further launches is planned for 2019.

Councillor John Wheeler, Aberdeen City Council’s Education Operational Delivery Convener, said: “It’s great to see that applicants have embraced our innovative new system in such great numbers.

“In addition to giving applicants additional time to complete their applications, the wholly-digital approach is also user-friendly in that it removes the need to visit schools in person as was the case with the manual process”.

The launch of the online system has been supported by an awareness-raising campaign, with Aberdeen school pupils playing their part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoV-k0hHk0w&feature=youtu.be .

All applications for school places must be made by registering at https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/schoolapplications and completing the online form by 15 March 2019. Parents and carers can apply for any Aberdeen City Council school, any year group, any term and any priority. This includes primary, secondary, denominational, special, and Gaelic medium schools.

Parents can also seek advice on completing the application by visiting their local library.