Primary School Offer Day
16 April 2019, 10:21 | Updated: 16 April 2019, 10:23
Thousands of parents across Kent and Medway will find out today which school their four-year-old has got a place at for September.
It's National Offer Day for primary aged children.
Kent County Council says more than 97% of children across Kent will start their formal education in 2019 at a Primary school named by their parents on their application.
That figure - 16,839 children in all - includes 15,450 who were offered their first preference. This takes the percentage of first-choice placements to over 89%.
Roger Gough, Kent County Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: "Following a successful Secondary National Offer Day, officers have continued to work hard to ensure that as many pupils secured one of their preferred Primary schools and we are pleased to see so many families get a favourable offer today.
"We should not lose sight of the fact that 447 pupils (2.6%) have not been given a school of their preference. We appreciate this will be a disappointing and concerning time for those pupils and their families, but we would urge them not to be discouraged as this is only the first stage in the applications process. Many pupils will secure places through waiting lists and reallocation, and I would like to reassure parents and guardians that a specialist KCC team is on hand to help them make the most of the options available to them."
Parents who applied online will receive an email after 4pm today (Tuesday, April 16), indicating which school they have been offered. They can also log in after 5pm to view the offer online. Those who applied by post will be sent notification by first class post today.
Parents can accept their school place offers or seek alternatives if they are not happy with their allocation. Despite the increase in application numbers, it is likely there will be considerable movement on school waiting lists between now and September as some families don't take up places they've been offered.
Parents/guardians are asked to approach the school they have been offered with an open mind but to remember they have the option to join a waiting list for an alternative school or lodge an appeal.