Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Nine out of ten pupils get first choice primary

MORE than 90 per cent of families with children due to start school in September have secured a place at their preferred primary.

MORE than 90 per cent of families with children due to start school in September have secured a place at their preferred primary.

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed first-preference offers for 90.66 per cent of applications compared with 85.25 per cent last year.

The council was able to offer second-preference schools for 5.16 per cent of applications.

Letters have been sent by first-class post and by email to those who applied online confirming offers to those parents who applied before the January deadline.

The county council has increased primary school capacity in recent years, with permanent expansions at many schools across the county.

Trinity primary in Henley is to take extra pupils and Badgemore primary is to be extended at a cost of £430,000. In the first phase of the development, a new foundation classroom will be built and a new outdoor area will be created. This should be completed by September.

Badgemore will then be able to take up to 30 new children a year rather than its current limit of 15, making it the same size as the town?s other three primaries.

The second phase will include a new school hall and two new classrooms and is due to be complete by September 2015.

Across Oxfordshire, there are now more than 500 additional reception places compared with three years ago and more than 900 additional places compared with five years ago.

Roy Leach, the council?s school organisation and planning manager, said: ?We are very pleased to be able to offer first-preference places to the overwhelming majority of children.

?Oxfordshire compares favourably with many other parts of the country in this respect and a lot of work has taken place in recent years to increase the number of reception places at primary schools across the county.

?In circumstances where demand for places at particular schools exceeds their capacity, the reality is that not everyone can be offered a place. That means while most Oxfordshire families will have received the news they were hoping for, there will also be some disappointed families.

Any family which has not received a first-preference offer has the option to appeal, and also to remain on ?continued interest? lists for their preferred school in the event that spaces become available between now and September.

Details explaining this process have been sent to families.?

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