Tiny increase in number of Essex parents getting children into preferred primary school

Katherine Semar school, Saffron Walden. Picture: Saffron Photo.

Katherine Semar school, Saffron Walden. Picture: Saffron Photo. - Credit: Archant

Fractionally more Essex parents have got their children into their preferred primary school.

Essex County Council, which delivered the news to parents across the county today, said 87.4 per cent of parents have been offered their first choice, slightly more than the 86.7 per cent last year.

There was also an increase in the number of second choice places, with 6.68 per cent this year compared to the 6.6 per cent in 2015.

The third preferred choice was given to 2.39 per cent of parents, 0.77 per cent of parents got their fourth choice and 2.76 per cent of parents were given their nearest school.

Of the more than 16,500 applications, 95 per cent, who registered online, will receive an email of their child’s place today (Monday).

Councillor Ray Gooding, cabinet member for education, said: “I am delighted we have once again been able to offer the overwhelming majority of children in Essex one of their parents’ top preferences.

“The pressure on primary school places has increased considerably in recent years but our investment has meant we can continue to meet the rising demand. This achievement is also testament to the hard work of admissions staff, schools and those involved in planning expansions.

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“I wish all children starting school for the first time the very best of luck for the future.”

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