Barking and Dagenham awards most first choice primary school places in London


Barking and Dagenham awards most first choice primary school places in London

More than 260 reception age children from Cornwall have not got into their preferred primary school.

This September, marginally fewer children in Brighton and Hove will go to the primary school their parents ranked as the number one choice than a year ago.

MK Council received 3,433 applications for children starting school (compared to 3,660 in 2017) and nearly every pupil (99.5%) has been accepted into one of their top four preference schools with 96% getting their first preference school.

He said: "At a time when many areas across the United Kingdom are facing real issues in finding enough primary school places, I am delighted that this year over 94% of children in Suffolk received a place at their preferred school".

Jonathan Lewis, service director for education at Cambs County Council, said: "The higher percentage of children getting a place at their first preference school is good news for Cambridgeshire families".

"We work hard to meet demand and to place as many children as possible in their preferred schools".

That is 89.4 per cent of the total, slightly down on last year's 90 per cent, but up on 97.9 per cent two years ago.

Depending on the school, the appeal process might be dealt with by the council or the school board.

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Officals say late applications are always a concern, as they reduce the chance of families getting a preferred school.

Mr Whiteman said: "The problem is that local authorities are responsible for ensuring sufficient school places, but the powers and resources necessary for them to do so have been removed".

It comes as the council nears the end of a major £40 million investment programme that will see more than 2,800 more pupil places provided by September by expanding existing primary schools.

"We are also working alongside free schools and academies to attract extra funding for more school places where they are most needed".

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You have until May to appeal your child's school place.

Keep calm and even if you're feeling devastated, don't let your child pick up on your worries and stress.

In Cambs, those not offered a place at their preferred school or schools can still accept the allocation offered while appealing - which must be lodged by May 15 if notified today.

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You can still appeal if your child would have been offered a place.

There's a lot of movement on school waiting lists, even with the most popular schools.

Call them up and see if they have spaces or shorter waiting lists than your desired school.

However, this spike is beginning to level off, meaning the places crisis blighting overpopulated areas is receding.

The deadline for lodging an appeal for a voluntary controlled or community school is 14 May 2018. It will also send you relevant forms or you may be able to appeal online.

Here's everything you need to know about how you can appeal.

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