Families across Plymouth will find out today which primary school their children will be going to in September.
This year’s figures show that 98.96 per cent of city children were allocated one of their three preferences this year, with 93.93 per cent receiving their first preference. Meanwhile, 3.89 per cent of children received their second preference and 1.14 per cent their third preference.
This compares with last year’s figures when 98.27 per cent of city children were allocated one of their three preferences, with 92.2 per cent receiving their first preference.
Just 1.04 per cent of children did not receive any of the schools they listed as a preference this year and so were allocated a place at the nearest school with a vacancy. This figure has improved from last year – 29 children compared to 50 last year.
Letters confirming school places for September 2018 were posted today and those who filled out an online application form were emailed with their results. Parents then have two weeks to respond to the offer which can be done online.
A total of 2,881 applications were submitted for Plymouth primary school places this year. That compares with 2,965 last year.
Judith Harwood Assistant Director for Education, Participation and Skills said: “We know what an exciting yet stressful time it can be when you find out which school your child has been allocated, so to match the majority of children with their first preference of school is most pleasing.
“We would like to wish all of the children and their families well when their exciting new journeys begin in September.”
The Council has a statutory duty to provide enough school places across the city. Currently there are enough spaces within the city to accommodate everyone who has applied for a school place and there is a reasonable bank of surplus spaces.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to offer all children a place in their preferred school.
Any parent who is unhappy about the school place their child has been allocated can call our school admissions team on 01752 307166. Lines are open between 11am and 3pm or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
If children were not allocated to their first, second or third preference and have been offered an alternative then the Council will work with individual families to support them in finding the right school for their child.
Parents are also being reminded that for any school they ranked higher than the one allocated, their child will automatically be placed on a waiting list for that school and will be considered if a vacancy comes up between now and the start of the school year.
Full details of admissions guidance and appeals information can be found here.