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More parents receive their first choice this year

Primary school agedParents in Herefordshire join those across England today (Monday 16 April), with finding out which primary school their child will be attending in September 2018.

Herefordshire Council has made 1,755 offers of places in primary schools across the county with the following parental preference success rates:

  • First preference:         1,654 offers, which is 94.2% of the total offers
  • Second preference:    60 offers, which is 3.4% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 97.7%
  • Third preference:        8 offers, which is 0.5% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 98.1%

The balance of places offered, which is 33 or 1.9%, were to parents whose preferences could not be met and their offer was for the nearest school to their home address with available spaces.

In comparison to last year, more parents got their first school preference (94.2% compared to 93.6% in 2017) or a place in one of their three preferences (98.1% compared to 97.5% in 2017).

As in previous years, Herefordshire schools continue to be a net importer of pupils, with more pupils from neighbouring counties requesting places in the county’s schools than Herefordshire pupils requesting places in other counties.

There are currently 13 Herefordshire primary schools with waiting lists and 54 have available spaces.

The council has continued to promote its online application service this year, which was used by 90.1% of families compared to 88% last year, which is an increase of 2.1%.

Published: Monday, 16th April 2018