Primary school places confirmed for parents in Melton borough

The ‘vast majority’ of Leicestershire parents have secured a place for their child at their preferred primary school in September.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:48 am
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Leicestershire County Council is notifying families now following requests for school places for the new academic year.

This year has seen 7,115 applications received, with 98 per cent of children across the county being offered a place at one of their top three school choices.

More than 93 per cent of youngsters have secured a place at their first choice school with 4.1 per cent being offered their second option and just under one per cent their third.

Jane Moore, director of children and family services at County Hall, said: “We are delighted that the vast majority of children in Leicestershire have been offered a place at one of their top primary schools - and that so many were given their first choice.

“Whilst this is really positive, we also recognise that not every pupil has secured one of the places they had hoped for and we would encourage families needing advice to get in touch as soon as possible, to discuss what options may be available to them, including how to make an appeal.

“I’d like to wish all children starting school for the first time all the very best for a successful start to their schooling.”

The admissions process in Leicestershire adheres to central government rules and gives parents the right to have an appeal heard by an independent panel.

Parents who applied on paper will receive a letter and those who applied online will receive an email about the decision.

Go to www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions to find out more.

There were 7,115 applications received this year, compared to 7,611 in 2020, of which:

***93.1 per cent (6622) secured their first choice (92.4 per cent in 2020);

***4.1 per cent (290) secured their second choice (4.7 per cent in 2020);

***0.89 per cent (62) secured their third choice (0.88 per cent in 2020);

***98 per cent (6974) secured one of their top three choices (98 per cent in 2020);

***1.89 per cent (135) did not secure one of their choices and can appeal or take up a place at an alternative school (1.94 per cent in 2020).