More parents see child offered first choice primary school in Peterborough

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More parents in Peterborough have been offered a place for their child at their first preference primary school despite an increase in the overall number of applications.

Out of the 2,844 parents who applied for a place before the deadline, 90.7 per cent were offered their first preference school. This figure has increased from 88 per cent last year.

In total, 97.9 per cent of parents were offered one of their three preferred primary schools with 5.6 per cent being offered their second choice and 1.6 per cent their third preference.

Parents who have applied for a primary school place online are able to log-on from 12.30am today (Thursday, 16 April) to find out which schools they have been offered.

Parents are being sent an email to inform them of their offered school and they have been sent a letter by first-class post this morning explaining their offer.

Jonathan Lewis, Peterborough City Council’s service director for education, people resources and corporate property, who is responsible for the admissions service, said: “We received a six per cent increase in the number of school places applied for this year.

“Including those that came after the deadline, there have been 162 more applications than last year. That’s the same as about six extra new classes of children.

“But despite this increase in applications we have offered a record number of first preference schools to parents for their child.

“We continue to increase the number of school places available in Peterborough to ensure every child who needs one has one, as well as creating modern classroom environments with up-to-date facilities.

“Since 2008 we have seen a 40 per cent rise in the number of children starting in reception class, up from 2,150 to over 3,000 currently.

“But even with these challenges we have seen an increase in the number of city schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.”

All parents who applied for primary school places for their children have been allocated a place.

Parents who are unhappy with the school place they have been offered have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.

Parents will be given details of how to appeal with their offer letter or online.

Parents who haven’t applied for a primary school place for their children who are starting school in September need to do so as soon as possible.