Primary school places announced

County Coun Susie Charles
County Coun Susie Charles

Parents across Lancashire are celebrating today as they received their offers of primary school places for their youngsters.

According to data from County Hall most four year olds will be starting their primary education at a school of their choice. Figures show that less than two per cent failed to get one of their three choices. But, no-one was left without a place.

Across the county 98 per cent of the 13,603 primary school starters will be attending one of their preferred schools this September.

Figures show that 90.6 per cent will get their first preference and 7.48 per cent will go to schools which were their second or third preference with 1.92 per cent of children have been allocated places at other schools.

The number of children receiving one of their preferred places is expected to rise, as places are allocated from the lists of those children who are waiting for a place, as appeals are heard and adjustments are made.

County Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This is an exciting but anxious time of year for parents, as they find out where their child will be starting school.

“Careful planning means that 98 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.”

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. For more information, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools

Parents can also call on 0300 123 6707.