Aberdeen City Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to provide a fully online process for admissions and placing requests for all school types.
It launched its platform for school registrations at the beginning of this week and has reported that it received 450 applications on the first day for places next August.
The council said all applications for school places must be made by registering to use the platform and completing the online form by 15 March. Parents and carers can apply for any school within the council’s remit.
The move has been supported by an awareness raising campaign.
It is the latest in a series of launches of online platforms for Aberdeen’s services, which has included with a rolling schedule for 2019.
Councillor John Wheeler, the council’s education operational delivery convener, said: “We’re delighted with the very positive response to our innovative new registration system and to the wider roll out of digital technology which thousands of customers of the council are benefiting from.”
He added that the platform “makes things much simpler for parents and carers, who are no longer required to travel to schools to collect and then submit an application form as was the case with the old paper system, offering a smoother and far more efficient process.
“With comprehensive online guidance as well as continued support and advice from schools, the system has been designed to provide an improved experience for applicants being led through a very important process.
“The wholly digital approach also gives applicants additional time to complete their submission rather than the limited window they had in the manual process.”
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