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Nine in Ten North Yorkshire Parents Get First Choice Primary


12:39pm 17th April 2013

More than 9 in 10 parents in North Yorkshire and York got their first choice of primary school for September.

Parents across the county have been finding out which school their child will go to this week.

In York:

  • 92% of applicants were successful in getting their first preference school – up from 90.4% in 2012.
  • 95.7% of applicants were successful in getting one of their first 2 preferences – up from 95.0% in 2012.
  • 74.1% of applicants applied online, up from 69.8% in 2012.

In North Yorkshire, 94.6% of parents got their first choice of school with all 6,504 children being offered a place.

Pete Dwyer, North Yorkshire’s Corporate Director for the Children and Young People’s Service said: “We are very pleased that so many of our families have once again been able to gain their first preference from their choice of schools.

“As a local authority we work with schools across the county to deliver the highest standards of education so that families who are not given first preferences will nevertheless be able to send their children to good schools.”

This year, East Riding of Yorkshire Council received 3,084 applications for places at infant and primary schools.

98.6% got places at one of the three schools named on their application forms.

43 applicants could not be given places at any of their three chosen schools and have been given places at alternative schools.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and local authority schools, said: “It is good news for parents and children that so many of their preferences have been met. The East Riding is bucking the national trend of growth in the primary school population and so, in the main, it has been possible to meet expectations.”

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