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Council pleased at high percentage of first preference for primary parents.

Education: Primary / Wed 16th Apr 2014 at 08:11am

93.55% of parents are offered their first or second primary school preference despite increased pressures on primary school places

Despite increased pressure on primary school places, Essex County Council has offered 93.55% of parents their first or second choice of primary school.

Essex is pleased to announce that of the 16,000 Essex parents receiving notification of their place:

86.72% of parents were offered their first preference school

6.83% of parents were offered their second preference school

2.45% of parents were offered their third preference school

1.11% of parents were offered their fourth preference school

Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “This is great news for parents across the county. I am fully aware that many parents will have been waiting nervously ahead of primary offer day and I am sure many parents will be delighted with the outcome and will now look forward to September.

“The fact that despite pressures on primary school places we have maintained high numbers of parents being offered their first preference school, highlights the council’s work to create the necessary places. To respond to the challenge of population increases we have commissioned almost 600 more reception places for September 2014 and are committed to delivering another 300 primary places by September 2015. Our commitment to creating these primary places enables us to ensure parents continue to secure places at their preferred schools.

“It is also important, at this time, to recognise the hard work and dedication of our primary schools in improving standards. The number of primary schools judged good or outstanding in the county has increased from 62% in 2012 to 70% in 2013. By supporting primary schools to make these necessary improvements we are easing pressures in the primary admissions system as parents prefer good or outstanding local schools.”

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