Good news for parents as more children are offered first choice primary school places

Lincolnshire County Council.
Lincolnshire County Council.
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More children have been given a place at their school of choice through the admissions system this year, despite an increase in the number of requests for the more popular schools.

Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high numbers of families wanting their children to start school in September.

There are 7,649 children wanting a school place this year. Of the 7,649 offers made to primary schools, 7,157 (93.6 per cent) children will receive their first preference school, compared to 6,762 (92.3 per cent last year).

The figure for second preference offers is 291 (3.8 per cent), and 75 for third preference offers (1 per cent). A total of 126 children will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences compared to 132 last year.

Parents can pick up their offer using the online system from April 16 via

Parents have until May 20 to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the offered school. If they return the appeal form by the deadline it will be heard before the end of term – if it is received late it will still be heard but this may be in September.

Because of appeals and movement on the reserve list, it is normal for the percentage of first preferences to increase by the time children start in September.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “I am delighted to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their preferences. Every year the overwhelming majority of parents are successful in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”