New data reveals more than 90% of parents in Suffolk get first-choice school placements for September 2015

Suffolk county councillor Lisa Chambers

Suffolk county councillor Lisa Chambers - Credit: Archant

More than 90% of parents in Suffolk have had their first-choice places accepted for their children starting school this September, it has been revealed.

New data from the Department for Education has shown that 90.1% of applicants for primary schools had their first choice accepted –above the national average of 87% – while for secondary schools 92% of parents gained their first choice – above the national average of 84%.

In Suffolk, only 3% of parents did not get a place for any of their top-three secondary school choices, and 0% were not offered a primary school placement.

The news has been welcomed by education bosses.

Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for education and skills at Suffolk County Council, said: “We are delighted that once again Suffolk has exceeded the national average in terms of school place allocations for entry into primary and secondary schools.

“We carefully plan school places to meet local need and have, over the last two years, created more than 1,000 additional places across the county.”

The Department for Education data also revealed a 2% increase in school applications nationwide for both primary and secondary schools.

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