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Essex: 96% Get School Preference
94% of parents in Essex have been offered their first or second choice of primary or infant school for the next academic year.
A total of 87.11 per cent have been offered their first choice school, with 6.75 per cent getting their second and 2.37 per cent their third.
Only 2.72 per cent of parents could not be offered any of their preferences, and have been offered a place at the nearest school with space available.
Essex County Council's Director for Education Tim Coulson said: "I am delighted that so many parents have received the news they wanted. In Essex we are working hard towards a world class education system and ensuring the admissions process runs smoothly is an important step in doing this.
"There are significant challenges resulting from the rapidly rising pupil numbers across the Country and I am pleased that in Essex we have responded to these challenges and made sure that every child has a place available on offer day. We are pleased to have worked with local authority maintained schools and academies to provide 600 more reception class places than last year.
"I wish all future pupils very best wishes ahead of starting this stage of their education in September."
A total of 15,667 applications were received by the County Council. This year approximately 91 per cent of applications were made online.
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