Parents learn of primary school places

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 

MORE than 95 per cent of Isle of Wight children have been offered a place at their parent's first choice of primary school.

Parents across the Island today (Wednesday) discovered which school their children would be attending in the coming year, with more than 97 per cent being offered a place at either their first, second or third choice.

The number of youngsters being offered places at their first choice of school was down slightly on the previous year, when the level was 97.4 per cent.

The Isle of Wight Council received 1,213 on time applications for the Island’s 41 primary schools, with 92 applications accepted after the closing date, a spokesman said.

Nationally it is believed pressure on school places could mean around one in eight children will miss out on their first choice.

Parents will be sent offer letters and e-mails.

Parents who want to appeal against the refusal of a school place can contact the council via an appeals process, explained in their offer letter.

Executive member for children’s services and education Cllr Richard Priest said: "We are delighted that the vast majority of parents have secured places at their preferred schools.

"Unfortunately it is never possible for everyone to get a place at their school of choice, however our admissions team will work with parents to secure a place at an alternative school, as close to the child’s home as possible.

"We are using this admissions data to better inform future decision making. We must be mindful that in six year’s time these children will be moving into the Island’s secondary schools and although some fluctuation is inevitable, we need to take this data into account and work with schools to help them plan for the future."

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