First choice for more

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

NEARLY 87 per cent of Bucks par­ents ap­ply­ing for a pri­mary school place for their chil­dren have been of­fered their first choice this year.

The fig­ures show an in­crease of 2.5 per cent on last year in terms of chil­dren be­ing al­lo­cated first choices.

Coun­cil­lor Zahir Mo­hammed, cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills at Bucks County Coun­cil, hailed the news as ‘highly en­cour­ag­ing’ and said: “It’s re­as­sur­ing to know that we are im­prov­ing year on year and that the vast ma­jor­ity of fam­i­lies do ob­tain of­fers for their first pref­er­ence pri­mary schools.

“We were also pleased to see a sharp de­cline in the num­ber of chil­dren who weren’t of­fered any of their pref­er­ences.

“We know what an im­por­tant and po­ten­tially anx­ious time this is for par­ents, so we will do our ut­most to try to achieve the best pos­si­ble out­come for those who, for what­ever rea­son, are not of­fered a school of their choice.”

This year, there were 6,835 pri­mary school ap­pli­ca­tions, 22 more than this time last year, from Bucks res­i­dents.

Of th­ese, 5,538 were of­fered first pref­er­ence.

Those who didn’t get any of their pre­ferred schools equated to three per cent, a drop from last year’s fig­ure of 4.95 per cent.

Mr Mo­hammed added: “All chil­dren who have made an ap­pli­ca­tion have places of­fered and there are still close on 400 places re­main­ing across the county.”

To find out more, go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/ ed­u­ca­tion/schools/ ad­mis­sions-and-mov­ingschool/ad­mis­sion-to-pri­mary- schools.

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