First choice for more
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.