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92% of Suffolk applicants offered places at their school of choice

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The vast majority of Suffolk’s four and five year-olds have received offers for a place at their preferred primary school.

This year, Suffolk County Council received 7,632 applications from parents outlining which school they would prefer their children to be educated at from September, 2014.

Of those, an impressive 92 per cent of applicants received offers for their first preference and 98 per cent of applicants receiving an offer from one of their three preferences.

In Suffolk this year, 99 per cent of pupils moving to a junior school and 97 per cent of pupils moving to a middle school will be going to their first preference school.

There has also been an increase in the number of people choosing to submit an application online, with 69% of applications being made over the internet this year. In 2013, the figure was 68 per cent.

Sue Cook, Suffolk County Council’s director for children and young people, said: “It is extremely good news that so many pupils have received an offer from one of their preferred primary, infant, junior or middle schools.

“All these pupils and their parents will have benefited from submitting their admissions application on time, because as a result they have had the best possible chance of receiving an offer from one of their preferred schools.

“Starting school or progressing from one to another is an important moment for any child, so the more we can do to make the transition right for the student, the better.

“I wish everyone starting a new school in September the very best.”

The annual school admissions process is carried out using published criteria to ensure fairness.

Any applicant who has not secured an offer of a place at one of their preferred schools has the right of appeal to an independent panel, and further information on how to do this is explained in the parents offer letter which has been sent by first class post today. For those that have applied on time they must lodge an appeal by 20 May 2014 for it to be heard before September 2014.

Any parents or carers with children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 and who have not yet applied for a school place should contact Suffolk County Council immediately on 0845 6000981.

 

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