94% of Lincolnshire children get their first choice of primary school

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Some 94% of children in the county have been offered a place at a school of their choice this year.

Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high numbers of families wanting their children to start school in September. There are around 7,500 children wanting a school place this year.

Of the offers made to Lincolnshire primary schools, 7,065 (94.17%) children will receive their first choice of school. This is a minor decrease on last year’s 95.02%.

A further 292 (3.89%) have been offered their second choice, and 50 (0.67%) more their third choice. A small minority of children, 95 (1.27%), will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their 3 preferences.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“It’s always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their preferences. Every year the overwhelming majority of parents are successful in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”

The vast majority of parents/carers will receive an e-mail containing a secure link to their offer letter on April 16 – go to http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions for further information.

Parents have until May 21 to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the offered school. If they return the appeal form by the deadline it will be heard before the end of term – if it is received late it will still be heard, but this may be in September.

Because of appeals and movement on the reserve list, it is usual for the percentage of first choice to increase by the time children start in September.