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Shropshire and Mid Wales parents face deadline for schools form … 0

Shropshire and Mid Wales parents face deadline for schools form …

Parents of children due to start school this September were today warned warned time is running out to get their applications in. The final cut off for admissions for this year s intake at primary schools is January 15 in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Powys. Parents are being warned that their youngsters risk missing out if they do not get their applications completed on time.

It applies to children born between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. SHROPSHIRE: Parents are being urged to apply online wherever possible. The quickest way to apply for a place is to visit shropshire.gov.uk/school-admissions 1 You can also call the council s school admissions team on 0345 678 9008 if you cannot access the website, have any questions or need help.

TELFORD & WREKIN: Parents can apply online by visiting www.telford.gov.uk/admissions 2 If anyone has any queries they can call (01952) 385385. You can also email the admissions team at admissions@telford.gov.uk 3 , or drop into the reception area at Darby House, Lawn Central, Telford, to collect a paper form to complete. POWYS: A form can be downloaded by visiting www.powys.gov.uk/en/schools-students/apply-for-a-school-place 4 You can also get a form by contacting the council s admissions and transport team.

It can be contacted by emailing admissionsandtransport@powys.gov.uk 5 or you can call (01597) 826449. Admissions manager at Shropshire Council Carol Sneddon said: A formal application from a parent is required before a school reception place can be allocated. Some parents may mistakenly believe that a school place will be offered automatically; this is not the case.

Even if a child attends a nursery on a school site, or an older brother or sister is attending the school, or the family live a short distance from the school, it is still necessary to make an application. If parents do not apply before the closing date, the application must be treated as late, in which case it would be considered after all those received by the closing date have been allocated a place. At that stage the preferred school might already be full, and parents would be offered a place at an alternative school to their preference, she added.

Russell Griffin, spokesman for Telford & Wrekin Council, said: It is really important to apply on time as families who do so maximise their chances of getting a place at one of their preferred schools. Parents need to apply formally even if their child is already attending a nursery at the school or on the school site. There is an appeals system in place if parents do not get one of their preferred schools, but it is limited by the fact that the independent appeal panels are not able to allow more than 30 infant children in a class except under very limited and specialised circumstances.

If you need any help or are unsure about how to apply please contact us for support and advice. Lee Evans, spokesman for Powys County Council, said: Admission forms have been sent to all parents of registered three-year-olds in the county. Forms have also gone to primary schools and are also available at local libraries.

Forms have also been provided to health visitors so that they can give them to parents when their child s three-year-old health and development review.

Many schools across the region are often over-subscribed.

References ^ shropshire.gov.uk/school-admissions (www.shropshire.gov.uk) ^ www.telford.gov.uk/admissions (www.telford.gov.uk) ^ admissions@telford.gov.uk (www.shropshirestar.com) ^ www.powys.gov.uk/en/schools-students/apply-for-a-school-place (www.powys.gov.uk) ^ admissionsandtransport@powys.gov.uk (www.shropshirestar.com)

11,000 workers in Shropshire under threat from steel crisis … 0

11,000 workers in Shropshire under threat from steel crisis …

The collapse of Britain s steel industry could impact on as many as 11,000 workers in Shropshire, a leading economist has said. The shock waves from the growing steel crisis are set to spread throughout the manufacturing sector – and with manufacturing dwarfing agriculture in the county s economic output, that could have a serious impact on Shropshire. Paul Forrest, head of research at the West Midlands Economic Forum, said 13,000 jobs at 620 companies around the Marches would be affected by the crisis, adding that only around 2,000 of those are in Herefordshire, with the remainder in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Around 470 people at five companies across the region are employed in metal production, and 4,000 work in fabrication and moulding. Another 3,600 people in 120 companies work on producing machinery, 3,800 people at 25 firms work on motor vehicle production, and 1,200 are employed in other transport sectors. All of those depend on a supply of high quality materials, and while their roles are not under immediate threat, the collapse of Caparo and other steel producers will impact on their ability to produce goods.

It s a fairly sizeable hit on the labour market, said Mr Forrest, who was guest speaker at a business networking event in Oswestry. None are under immediate threat, but if the quality of steel goes down and the cost goes up it s going to be much more difficult to produce precision components. What policy makers don t seem to understand is that you need high quality steel going into these companies, whether it s for ball bearings or cabinets.

If you start eroding the entire steel production capacity of the UK in the next two or three years it s going to be very difficult to continue production. Across the UK s manufacturing heartland of the Midlands there are 12,500 companies, employing 260,000 people, that are in some way, dependent on steel, according to data from the West Midlands Economic Forum. Mr Forrest added: What you re going to find in Shropshire including Telford is that you have advanced manufacturing, and if they don t have the resources to produce high-quality components they are going to have a big problem.

Manufacturing comprises around 20 per cent of Telford s economic output, the most recent figures for the borough s gross value added show, while in Shropshire that figure is 12.3 per cent. Jaguar Land Rover has increasingly been looking for local suppliers for components, and a shortage of high-quality steel could compromise those plans. Meanwhile Stephen Cooper, the head of manufacturing at one of the UK s biggest accountancy firms, KPMG, warned: This is not only a crisis for the metals industry but a crisis that goes to the very heart of the UK s industrial manufacturing.

The negative knock on effects of this crisis for the UK economy cannot be underestimated.