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Most reception pupils have been given a place at their chosen primary school in Preston and Lancashire

Posted on - 17th April, 2020 - 8:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Schools
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The vast majority of primary school starters in Lancashire will be lining up in the playground of one of their chosen schools when the bell rings in September.

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Figures for primary school admissions show that over 97% of pupils have been successful with one of their preferences. 88.6% will get their first preference, 6.8% will go to schools which were their second choice, while 1.8% will attend their third preference school. 2.8% have been allocated a place at other schools.

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County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This is an exciting but anxious time of year for parents, as they find out where their child will be starting school in September.

“Robust planning means that over 97% of pupils have been allocated a place at one of the schools they preferred, with the majority getting a place at the school they wanted the most. Importantly, once again we’ve been able to offer every child in Lancashire a school place.

“School places are allocated fairly and objectively and every application is decided upon using the criteria which have been agreed for that school.

“However, I know it can be very disappointing for parents if their child is one of the few who don’t get one of their preferences, and our local admissions teams will be happy to give information and advice.”

This year, 95% of applications were completed online.

A total of 13,480 children have received primary school place offers this year.

Parents will receive details about who to contact for advice and information on school admissions and appeals in the offer letter or email they receive.

Any parent or carer will continue to have the right to appeal to any school, if their child hasn’t been offered a place there.

To allow this to happen during the current coronavirus outbreak, when appeals can’t be held in the usual way face-to-face, the Department for Education (DfE) is looking at alternatives, and will be issuing guidance and making regulatory changes planned come into force later this month.

Specific information received from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding admission appeals will be made available at www.lancashire.gov.uk, as soon as it is available.

Parents can call on 0300 123 6707 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools, for more information regarding their school place.

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