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95% of children in Lincolnshire get their first choice primary school

16 April 2018

95% of children received first choice

A total of 7,288 children in Lincolnshire have been offered a place at their first choice of primary school this year.

Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high numbers of families wanting their children to start school in September. There are nearly 7,700 children wanting a school place this year.

Of the offers made to Lincolnshire primary schools, 7288 (95.02 percent) children will receive their first preference school. This is an increase on last year (94.30 percent) despite an increase in the cohort size of around 200 children.

The figure for second preference offers is 277 (3.61 percent), and 37 (0.48 percent) for third preference offers. A total of 68 (0.89 percent) children will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences.

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September. It’s alwaysour intention to support as many parents as possible with their preferences. Every year the overwhelming majority of parents are successful in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”

The vast majority of parents/carers can pick up their offer using the online system from 16 April by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions .

Parents have until 15 May to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the offered school. If they return the appeal form by the deadline it will be heard before the end of term - if it is received late it will still be heard, but this may be in September.

It is normal for the percentage of first preferences to increase by the time children start in September, due to appeals and movement on the reserve list.


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