Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Suffolk: 92% of applicants receive first preference primary school on ‘national offer day’

16:45 16 April 2014

Children in Suffolk received their offers from primary schools today

Children in Suffolk received their offers from primary schools today

A total of 92% of four and five years olds who applied for a primary school place in Suffolk have received offers for their first choice.

Altogether 7,632 applications from parents were received by Suffolk County Council indicating which school they would like their child to attend in September of this year.

Increasing pressure for places in primary schools makes it ever harder for every child to get their first choice, and over 600 will not be attending their preferred school. More than 150 haven’t received an offer to any of their chosen schools, 2% of the total.

In some local authorities such as Bristol, nearly a fifth of applicants were denied their first choice.

This year saw an increase of one percentage point of those applying for a place online to 69%.

Almost all of the 305 pupils who applied for a place at a junior school in Suffolk received their first preference while 97% of the 587 who applied for a middle school place got their first choice.

Sue Cook, Suffolk County Council’s director for children and young people, said: “It is extremely good news that so many pupils have received an offer from one of their preferred primary, infant, junior or middle schools.

“All these pupils and their parents will have benefited from submitting their admissions application on time, because as a result they have had the best possible chance of receiving an offer from one of their preferred schools.

“Starting school or progressing from one to another is an important moment for any child, so the more we can do to make the transition right for the student, the better. I wish everyone starting a new school in September the very best.”

Applicants who haven’t secured an offer of a place at one of their preferred schools can appeal to an independent panel, appeals must be lodged by May 20.

Any parents or carers with children born between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010 and who have not yet applied for a school place should contact Suffolk County Council immediately on 0845 6000981.

1 comment

  • What a load of olde tory tosh this is ? Surely going to the nearest school is the most cost effective and efficient !! 'Choice' ..............get real !!

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Crowds of commuters wait at Liverpool Street station

A points failure at London Liverpool Street is delaying rail passengers heading towards Ipswich by more than 30 minutes.

slb 016 Sizewell C Reaction 06~1

Research is being carried out into a number of alternative options for a campus for workers constructing the Sizewell C nuclear power station.

Lauren Sherwood and Jaimin Patel (centre, arms linked) at Glemhall Hall where they met with suppliers of the St Elizabeth Hospice win a wedding competition. Picture: Echo Alfa

A Colchester couple who won St Elizabeth Hospice’s wedding giveaway last year have pledged their commitment to raising thousands of pounds for the cause in return for their special day at Glemham Hall.

President Vladimir Putin Dmitry Astakhov/ Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool photo via AP

Russian president Vladamir Putin should be offered a state visit, a Suffolk MP has said.

Suffolk Constabulary's headquarters in Martlesham Heath, where the 999 control room is based.   Picture: SU ANDERSON

People seeking emergency help abandoned more 999 calls to police in Suffolk than anywhere else in the country.

Glasses of fizz

Is a new style of bubbly about to take the supermarket aisles by storm with its mix of two favourite tipples?

Broke Hall Community Primary School, Ipswich, had a Tractors in School visit - farmer John Taylor with Kara Bassil. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Hundreds of youngsters will get close-up to one of the most impressive and hi-tech working vehicles this week – as they take part in a growing education programme.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24