More children in preferred schools

Lancashire County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson
Lancashire County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson
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Projects totalling millions of pounds are providing extra accommodation in ‘hotspot’ areas where there’s a high need for school places, meaning more pupils are getting into the schools they want.

Officers at Lancashire County Council are monitoring factors that can affect demand for school places – such as birth rate trends and large-scale housing developments.

Bosses say the planning is paying off, as in 2014, 97 per cent of parents initially received an offer for a preferred primary school or academy, compared to 95.8 per cent last year.

Since 2009, the county council has added an additional 2,553 places in primary schools across Lancashire.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson said: “Applying for a school place can be an emotional business and we know how important it is to parents to send their child to their preferred school.

“I’m delighted that millions of pounds’ worth of building work is taking place to transform and expand schools in Lancashire.”