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'Majority of children get their first choice primary school'

Parents will today (Tuesday) find out which primary school their children will attend from September - and according to the local authority, the "vast majority" have been offered places at a school of their choice.

Lincolnshire County Council said 94 per cent have been offered a place at a school of their choice this year.

Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high numbers of families wanting their children to start school in September. There are around 7,500 children wanting a school place this year.

Lincolnshire County Council (7541826)
Lincolnshire County Council (7541826)

Of the offers made to Lincolnshire primary schools, 7,065 (94.17 per cent) children will receive their first choice of school. This is a minor decrease on last year's 95.02 per cent.

A further 292 (3.89 per cent) have been offered their second choice, and 50 (0.67 per cent) more their third choice. Meanwhile, 95 (1.27 per cent) will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their three preferences.

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's 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.”

The vast majority of parents/carers will receive an email containing a secure link to their offer letter today – further information can be found here.

Parents have until May 21 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 usual for the percentage of first choice to increase by the time children start in September.

** Are you happy or disappointed with your child's placement? Email comment@granthamjournal.co.uk


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