90% Parents Across Cambridgeshire And Peterborough Get First Choice School

16 April 2015, 10:11 | Updated: 16 April 2015, 10:15

More than 90% of parents in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire have got their child into their first choice of primary school.

More parents in Peterborough have been offered a place for their child at their first preference primary school - despite another increase in the overall number of applications.

Out of the 2,844 parents who applied for a place before the deadline, 90.7 per cent were offered their first preference school. This figure has increased from 88 per cent last year.

In total 97.9 per cent of parents were offered one of their three preferred primary schools with 5.6 per cent being offered their second choice and 1.6 per cent their third preference.

Parents who have applied for a primary school place on-line are able to log-on from 12.30am today (Thursday 16 April 2015) to find out which schools they have been offered. We will also be sending these parents an email to inform them of their offered school.

All parents have also been sent a letter by first class post this morning explaining their offer.

Jonathan Lewis, service director for education, people resources and corporate property, who is responsible for the admissions service, said: "We received a 6 per cent increase in the number of school places applied for this year.  Including those that came after the deadline, there have been 162 more applications than last year - that's the same as about six extra new classes of children.

"But despite this increase in applications we have offered a record number of first preference schools to parents for their child.

"We continue to increase the number of school places available in Peterborough to ensure every child who needs one has one, as well as creating modern classroom environments with up-to-date facilities.

"Since 2008 we have seen a 40 per cent rise in the numbers of children starting in reception class - up from 2,150 to over 3,000 currently.  But even with these challenges we have seen an increase in the number of city schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted."

All parents who applied for primary school places for their children have been allocated a place.

Parents who are unhappy with the school place they have been offered have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. Parents will be given details of how to appeal with their offer letter or online.

Parents who haven't applied for a primary school place for their children who are starting school in September need to do so as soon as possible.

More than 90% of parents across Cambridgeshire also got their child into their first choice of primary school. See the County Council's full list below:

Children who get their first preference    90.13%

Children who get Preference 2 or 3    6.61%

Children who get none of their preferences    3.26%

Children who were not offered a school place    0.26%