Most parents get top-choice primary school
THOUSANDS of youngsters across the North East are preparing to start their education after getting into their top choice of primary school.
Local authorities in the region yesterday released figures showing how many children received firstchoice places on what has become known as national offer day.
Newcastle City Council said it had a record number of parents receiving their preferred choice. Out of 2,961 applications, a total of 2,651 – nearly 90% – won a place at their top choice of school.
In South Tyneside 94% received first-choice admissions, in North Tyneside the figure was just over 93%, in Gateshead it was 92.7%, in Sunderland it was 95% and Northumberland’s figure was 97.3%.
Meanwhile, in County Durham, more than 96% of children will go to their first choice primary this September – up 1.23% on last year.
Of the 5,131 applications received, 4,927 have been given a place at their number one choice, with 128 their second choice and 26 their third.