Parents who haven't applied for a secondary school place must do so today.
Applications for children who transfer in the autumn term 2014 need to be in by 31st October and Leicestershire County Council is encouraging parents not to miss the closing date.
The transfer process is not automatic and is the same for a local authority school or a recently-converted academy.
If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place.
Anyone expressing a preference for a non-catchment school is urged to also apply for a place at their child’s catchment school.
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for the children and young people's service, said: “It is very important that all parents apply on time to give their children the best possible chance of being offered a place at their preferred school.
"Last year, we were very successful in meeting parents' preferences but as always, late applicants run the risk of disappointment as schools do become full.
"Applying online is easy, cost-effective and secure and by reducing stationery and postage costs, it also saves the council money."
Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 3rd March 2014. Parents can also apply by post if they wish.
To find out more, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/admissions , email email@example.com or call 0116 305 6684.