Children offered places at primary schools - Wakefield Council says more than 90 per cent get first choice

Wakefield Council service director John Wilson

Wakefield Council service director John Wilson

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Anxious parents have been told which primary schools their children will attend.

More than 90 per cent of the district’s youngsters have been offered a reception class place at their families’ preferred school, it was announced yesterday.

Wakefield Council said that out of 4,020 primary school applications, 3,681 children, or 91.5 per cent, got their first choice of school for this coming September.

Another 158 children were offered their second choice and 38 youngsters got into their parents’ third preference of primary school.

The council said 143 children were not offered a place at the three schools their parents first, second or third choice, and had been allocated to an alternative school.

The primary school allocations were an improvement on last year for parents, when 90.8 per cent of children were offered a place at their parents first choice.

John Wilson, Wakefield Council’s corporate director for children and young people said: “All children have been allocated a place and more than 91 per cent will be going to their parents’ first choice of school, an increase on last year.

“We work hard to meet parental preferences and have an appeals process for anyone is not happy with their allocation.

“Our priority is always to make sure that we provide the best education we can for all children in the district.”