Primary school places allocated to young starters

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Nearly 90 per cent of the district’s primary school starters are getting the school they want in September.

Paul Bainbridge, Lancashire County Council’s pupil access manager, said: “Places were very tight last year, and this year it’s pretty much the same.

“The birth rate tends to rise and fall and we’re currently seeing an increase in numbers at reception class age.

“Despite this, more than 88 per cent of families are receiving their first preference school and nearly 96 per cent are getting one of their three preferences – and these figures will rise as waiting lists and appeals operate during the summer.

“However, we know it can be very disappointing for parents if they are one of the few who don’t get one of their preferences, and our local admissions teams will be happy to give information and advice.”

Admission letters were sent out on Tuesday, with information also online.

A total of 13,257 children countywide have received primary school place offers this year, slightly down on last year’s figure of 13,551.

At present, 88.2 per cent have received their first preference, with a further 7.6 per cent getting their second or third preferences. Just 3.2 per cent have not got any of their preferences and one per cent are attending a school in a neighbouring authority.

For advice on school admissions and appeals, parents can telephone 01524 581112 or 581134. Those whose initial offer is not for their preferred school will automatically receive a form with details about waiting lists and appeals.