Most par­ents get top-choice pri­mary school

The Chronicle - - News -

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.

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