Almost 99 per cent of Devon children will get preferred primary school place

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Posted on: 16 April 2018

Nearly 99 per cent of Devon children have been offered one of their three preferred primary schools this September despite a rise in applications, new figures reveal.

In all, 98.7 per cent of families have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

Figures released today show that 95.2 per cent of the families who applied to Devon County Council for a place in a county primary have got their first preference with 3 per cent offered their second preference and 0.5 per cent their third preference.

That’s despite 7,479 Devon children applying for a place in a county school compared to 7,455 last year.

A further 194 applications for a place in a Devon primary school were received from outside the county.

Parents will be notified of their places today and the county council’s admissions team will be available to deal with enquiries supported by the schools team at Devon’s Customer Service Centre.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: “There has continued to be considerable pressure on primary school places this year and we have been working hard to expand the number of places that are available.

“It is therefore very gratifying that we have been able to accommodate the vast majority of children in one of their three preferred schools.

“This is a testament to the hard work of the dedicated staff who work in our admissions and school place planning teams and the partnership and cooperation we have received from the heads and governors of Devon’s primary schools.

“These are obviously very early statistics and are quite likely to improve even more before September as appeals are heard and other factors are taken into account, such as parents not taking up places they have been offered.”

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