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87 per cent of children offered first preference primary school

Education: Primary / Thu 16th Apr 2015 pm30 02:48pm

MORE than 17 in 20 children in Essex have been offered their parents’ first preference primary school.

Despite significant growth of the county and increasing pressure on places, Essex County Council has confirmed that 86.7 per cent of children due to start reception in 2015 have been offered their first preference, while 6.6 per cent have been given their second. That means 93.3 per cent of applicants have been given their first or second preference – in line with last year.

About 16,500 parents will receive notification of the outcome of their applications today (Thursday April 16), with those who applied online (95 per cent) receiving email confirmation.

Chris Kiernan, Essex County Council’s Interim Director for Commissioning: Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am delighted we have once again been able to offer the vast majority of children their parents’ first preference primary school, despite the growing pressure on places.

“This achievement is a further demonstration of the continued investment we are making in creating additional primary school places, as well as the hard work and dedication of schools and admissions staff.

“I am well aware that many parents will have been waiting nervously ahead of primary offer day, but I hope they will be pleased with the outcome and can now look forward to their children starting school for the very first time in September.”

Earlier this year the county council received confirmation from the Department of Education of a new £41.4 million grant, bringing the total funding to support the creation of new school places over a four year period up to 2017/18 to £137.7 million.

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