More Devon children get their first choice primary school

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Posted on: 16 April 2019

More Devon children will be starting at their first choice primary school this September, new figures reveal.

It follows a significant rise in the amount of children offered one of their three preferred primary schools this September.

In all, 99.2 per cent of families have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools – up from 98.7 per cent last year.

Figures released today show that 96.7 per cent of the families who applied to Devon County Council for a place in a county primary have got their first preference. That’s up from 95.2 per cent this time last year.

Altogether, 2.2 per cent were offered their second preference and 0.3 per cent their third preference compared to three per cent and 0.5 per cent last year.

Devon County Council’s admissions team handled applications for 7,270 local children wanting a place in a county school for the next academic year.

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.

James McInnesDevon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said:

“There continues to be considerable pressure on primary school places 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 and we’ve been able to improve the percentage of first choices that have been successful.

“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 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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