Most Lancashire primary pupils get the school place they want

The vast majority of primary school starters in Lancashire will be going to one of their preferred schools this September.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:12 am
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 11:14 am
Most children in the county will get into their preferred school

Figures for primary school admissions show that nearly 99 per cent of pupils have been successful with one of their preferences. Some 91.47 per cent will get their first preference, 5.83 per cent will go to schools which were their second choice, while per cent will attend their third preference school. 1.26 per cent have been allocated a place at other schools.

Careful planning and management of the required number of school places means that the vast majority of four-year-olds will be lining up in the playground at one of their preferred schools.

Edwina Grant OBE, Lancashire County Council’s executive director for education and children’s services, said: “This is an exciting but anxious time of year for parents, as they find out where their child will be starting school.

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“Careful planning means that nearly 99 per cent of pupils have been allocated a place at one of the schools they preferred, with the majority getting a place at the school they wanted the most. Importantly, once again we’ve been able to offer every child in Lancashire a school place.

“School places are allocated fairly and objectively and every application is agreed upon using the criteria which have been agreed for that school.

“However, I know it can be very disappointing for parents if their child is one of the few who don’t get one of their preferences, and our local admissions teams will be happy to give information and advice.”

This year, 95 per cent of applications were completed online.

A total of 12,854 children have received primary school place offers this year.

Parents will receive details about who to contact for advice and information on school admissions and appeals in the offer letter or email they receive.

Appeals are heard locally and those for Lancashire primary schools will take place during the summer term.

Find out more about schools in Lancashire at

From Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm, parents can also call 0300 123 6707.

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