HERTFORDSHIRE County Council is urging parents to avoid disappointment by securing a place for their children's education for next September.

Parents of children born between September 1, 199,7 and August 31, 1998, start school next September and should have received a 'Starting School' pack. Parents should decide which three schools to rank on the application form which must be returned by October 15.

Copies of the pack are available from the Customer Service Centre on 01438 737500.

The booklet contains details of middle, upper and secondary schools in Hertfordshire and includes a secondary transfer form which must be completed and returned to the child's school by November 8. It also contains details of open evenings at secondary, middle and upper schools.