School place offers increase
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 April 2015
THE number of North Somerset children who have been offered places at one of their three choices of primary school in September 2015 has increased compared to last year's figures.
Parents across the country found out last week whether their child had gained a reception class place at their chosen primary school this September, with several schools in Weston and its surrounding villages proving popular choices.
In North Somerset, 95.5 per cent of applicants received one of their three preferences, compared to 94.9 per cent of children in 2014.
Some 86 per cent of applicants were allocated a place at their first choice school, with seven per cent allocated their second choice and three per cent their third.
Some of the most popular schools in Weston and its villages were Bournville Primary, St Anne’s Primary in West Wick and Sandford Primary, in Greenhill Road, Sandford, which filled all 20 of its reception spaces with first choice offers.
Sandford headteacher Lin Williams said: “We have a very good reputation across North Somerset. Sandford is an outstanding school, according to our last Ofsted report, and I think parents know and trust the quality of the education we provide.
“The final allocation of places is all down to admissions, of course, but we like to think we provide an excellent education for all of our pupils.
“Our catchment area stretches far beyond the parish of Winscombe and Sandford, and we have children coming in to school from a very far-reaching area. “We are a strong school community in a lovely area, with incredibly dedicated staff, and parents are prepared to travel so their children can come here.”
A spokesman from North Somerset Council said: “We are pleased that 86 per cent of those who applied within the time limit have been allocated their first preference, with 95.5 per cent receiving one of their three preferences.
“There is continuing pressure on primary school places, not just here in North Somerset but countrywide. We have offered a school place to everyone who has applied.”