Increase in number applying for primary school places in Buckinghamshire

  |  Published: Apr 21st 2015
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This year, there have been 193 more applications for primary school places in Buckinghamshire. A total of 6,353 applied for places on-time, significantly more than last year's figure of 6160.

A record number of 5,346 children have been offered a place at their first choice school, however with the expected increase in the number of applications, the percentage rate for first choice allocations is slightly down on last year at 84.2%. (compared to 85.2%)

A further 696 applicants were offered a place at either their second, third or fourth choice of preferred primary schools.

Despite the on-going and significant increase in the population of primary school age children in Buckinghamshire since 2012, once again every family who applied for a primary school place starting September this year has been offered a place. 

Thursday, April 16, marks the second national allocation day for primary school places, where parents are told which school their children have been accepted into. Before this, each council chose their own date to tell parents, which led to a wide variation of allocation dates across the country.

Mike Appleyard, Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: "I am delighted that so many children are getting a place in one of the primary schools for which they had a preference, although I do acknowledge that not everybody was able to get their first choice.

"Many of our schools are very popular and, like all authorities in England, it is just not possible for us to give everyone a place at their first preference school.

“I know that all our schools put their pupils first and do their utmost to give them the best possible education. The school place allocation situation is ever-changing with people moving in and out of the county, and parents accepting places elsewhere, so the full picture will not be known until the first day of school in September."

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