Was your child’s primary school over-subscribed?

PUBLISHED: 17:04 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:10 19 April 2018

North Somerset Council is looking at its long-term education strategy.

North Somerset Council is looking at its long-term education strategy.

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Thousands of parents will be breathing a sigh of relief after more than 90 per cent of children in North Somerset secured their first choice primary school.

North Somerset Council revealed on Monday it was able to place 93.8 per cent of children at their preferred school, besting last year’s 93.1 per cent.

The council received fewer applications with 2,209 requests this year compared to the 2,345 recorded in 2017.

The council has maintained its performance about the national average to place children in their desired schools, with just 30 applicants not receiving one of their preferences.

However every child has been placed in the next nearest school with spaces, all within a two-mile walk from their home.

The council said it was able to manage demand this year with the help of the new Parklands Educate Together School, in Locking Parklands, which will open in its temporary building this September.

Eleven primary schools were over-subscribed, including new multi-academy schools Castle Batch and St Anne’s Primary Schools, which joined the Priory Learning Trust this month.

Cllr Jan Barber, the council’s executive member for children and young people’s services, said: “This year, 93.8 per cent of applicants received a place at their preferred primary school.

“The number of applicants receiving their first choice school was also higher than last year. In addition 98.6 per cent of applicants received one of their three preferences. This is a fantastic achievement and well above the national average [of 97.7 per cent].

“We would like to thank our school admissions team for their hard work over the last three months in processing 2,209 North Somerset applications.

“Thank you everyone for your efficiency and commitment.”

Somerset County Council also had a successful admissions season, with more than 98.4 per cent of the 5,665 applications earning one of their three choices.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, cabinet member for children and families, said: “It is great news that, thanks to the hard work of our teams, we have been able to meet the majority of parents’ and carers’ preferences.

“I wish all these children the very best as they start their primary school education in September and begin to explore their future.”

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