SECONDARY school applications are now open for the next academic year.

Brighton & Hove City Council launched the admissions process today, for children starting secondary school in September 2020.

Parents of children born between September 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009, need to apply for a place for their child.

This year families have been encouraged to chose three preferences.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, October 31, via the website.

Paper forms will be available from schools and County Hall, but the council has advised parents to apply online "for efficiency and security".