Over 90 per cent of children have been offered a place at their first choice school in Warwickshire

This year has seen a record number of children applying for primary school places in Warwickshire

Friday, 16th April 2021, 9:02 am
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 9:04 am

A record number of children applied for primary school places in Warwickshire this year - and 91 per cent have been offered a place at their first choice school.

Today (April 16) is the day that children find out which primary school they will go to in September.

In Warwickshire, 6,021 children applied for a reception place, an increase of one per cent on the previous year.

A record number of children applied for primary school places in Warwickshire this year - and 91 per cent have been offered a place at their first choice school.
A record number of children applied for primary school places in Warwickshire this year - and 91 per cent have been offered a place at their first choice school.

Out of those, 91 per cent have been offered a place at their first choice school. A further six per cent have been offered a place at either their second or third choice school. This means a total of 97 per cent of children have been offered a place at one of their top three schools, with the remaining three per cent offered alternative places.

This means every applicant who applied on time has been offered a place at a school.

This year, 97 per cent of parents and carers applied online for either a reception or junior school place, an increase of one per cent on the previous year. Those applicants will receive an email, or can check their online parent portal, by 2pm today (Friday April 16). Letters to the remaining three per cent were posted on Thursday April 15.

Ian Budd, assistant director for education services said: “I’m really pleased that almost all applicants gained a place at one of their preferred schools, with most getting their first choice.

"We know that starting school can be an anxious time for families, but the Covid-19 pandemic has shown just how important education is to Warwickshire children. We are really looking forward to welcoming our new primary school children starting in September”.

The deadline for Warwickshire parents to respond to their primary school offer is April 30. More information on how to do this is on the Warwickshire County Council website at: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/receptionandjunioroffers