Most Suffolk school children get first choice primary

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Over 90 per cent of Suffolk children got their first choice of primary school this year.

Primary school admission figures released today for entry in September 2016 show that in Suffolk 90.71 per cent or 7184 children got in to their parents’ first choice of school and 97.53 per cent got one of their three preferences. The percentage of children achieving their first preference has increased by 0.5 per cent between 2015 and 2016.

Suffolk County Council received a total 7920 applications for a reception place from parents outlining which school they would prefer their children to be educated at from September 2016. This compares to a total of 7928 who applied in 2015.

96.63% of pupils moving to a junior school have secured their first preference place with 98.77% getting one of their three choices. The number of people choosing to submit an application online has increased from 75% to 78%.

Councillor Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said: “At a time when many areas across the UK are facing real issues in finding enough primary school places, it is good to see that we are able to give most parents places for their children at the schools they want.

“Schools in Suffolk are continuing to improve with 80% now being classed as Good or Outstanding. This represents really significant progress towards the County Council’s ambitious Raising the Bar objective that all children in Suffolk can attend a Good or Outstanding school.”