APPLICATIONS for first and primary school places close this week.

Parents and carers in the county need to submit their preference to Northumberland County Council by Saturday, January 15.

After the application deadline, all submitted applications will be processed.

If you made your application between November 2, 2021 and January 15, 2022, the council will notify you of the outcome on national offer day which is April 19, 2022.

Emails will be sent to those parents and carers who applied online and who requested to be informed by email, while those who applied on a paper form will have a letter sent out to them that day.