Majority of children get first choice primary school places in Leicestershire

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More than 95 per cent of new school starters in Leicestershire have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools, following the county’s latest round of primary admissions.

Figures published last week show that almost 90 per cent have received offers for their number one option, and that nine out of ten pupils moving from infant to juniors have a place at their first preference.

A total of 7,476 on-time applications were received by Leicestershire County Council of which 88.7 per cent secured their top preference, five per cent secured their second choice and 1.4 per cent their third favourite.

A total of 343 applicants (4.7 per cent) didn’t secure one of their choices and can appeal or take up an alternative place. The offers relate to children who are starting infant, junior or primary school this September.

A Leicestershire County Council spokesperson said: “We’re pleased the vast majority of children will be taught in their number one option.

“But we understand some people will be disappointed and we’d strongly encourage them to contact us at the earliest opportunity so that we can discuss the options available.”