Only 1 in 2 suc­ceed in bid to get into most pop­u­lar pri­mary school

Bristol Post - - NEWS - Michael YONG michael.yong@reach­

ONLY half of all par­ents who put Bren­try Pri­mary School as their first choice got in, lat­est fig­ures show.

More than 5,000 par­ents in Bris­tol will be putting in their ap­pli­ca­tions for a Re­cep­tion school place in Septem­ber 2019.

But with a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and in­creas­ingly pos­i­tive ed­u­ca­tion pic­ture, the com­pe­ti­tion for places is hot­ting up.

Ev­ery school filled their spots with first-choice of­fers, mak­ing Bris­tol one of the most com­pet­i­tive ar­eas in the South West to get into a school of your choice.

Pri­mary schools around the cities are now invit­ing par­ents to come in for open days and open evenings, ahead of the Jan­uary 15 dead­line next year.

Most par­ents will choose their schools be­fore the Christ­mas break, al­though they can change those choices on­line up un­til the dead­line.

Par­ents should use all three of their op­tions, not just one. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, us­ing just one choice does not mean your child will have to be ad­mit­ted there. It just means you’ve for­feited your other two choices.

And given the com­pet­i­tive­ness in Bris­tol’s pri­mary schools, you risk be­ing sent fur­ther afield.

We’ve crunched the data pro­vided by the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion for en­tries in the most re­cent school year – 2017/18 – and here are the top 10 most pop­u­lar schools, based on the num­ber of of­fers which were given to par­ents who put the school as their first choice. 1 Bren­try Pri­mary School

60 first choice, 30 got in.

2 Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary School 117 first choice, 59 got in.

3 Cathe­dral Pri­mary School 109 first choice, 59 got in.

4 St Pa­trick’s Catholic Pri­mary School

49 first choice, 28 got in.

5 White­hall Pri­mary School

142 first choice, 88 got in. 6 Hor­field CofE Pri­mary School 86 first choice, 55 got in.

7 Elm­lea In­fant School

125 first choice, 88 got in.

8 Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic 38 first choice, 28 got in

9 St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School

34 first choice, 25 got in

10 St Teresa’s Catholic Pri­mary 36 first choice, 27 got in.

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