94% of Suffolk children offered first choice of primary school

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94 per cent of parents in Suffolk have been offered their first choice of primary school for their children this year.

Suffolk’s primary school admission figures released today show that 94% or 7,161 children have been offered a reception place for September 2017 at their parents' preferred school, with 98.5% offered one of their three preferences. There has been a more than 3% increase in the number of children offered their first preference this year compared with last year.

Suffolk County Council received a total of 7,621 applications for a place in the Reception year from parents outlining which school they would prefer their children to be educated at from September 2017. This is 299 less than last year because it is a smaller cohort.

97.7% of pupils moving to a junior school have secured their first preference place with 99.34% being offered one of their three choices.

The number of people choosing to submit an application online has increased from 78% to 93%. These applicants will be able to see their school place offer online today, 18 April. Letters have been sent to all applicants today by second class post, including to those who filled in a paper application form.

Sue Cook, Director for Children and Young People at Suffolk County Council said:

“We have a good track record of offering places at preferred schools and this year is no exception. At a time when many areas across the UK are facing real issues in finding enough primary school places, I am delighted that we have been able to give most parents a place for their child at the schools they want.”

“I would like to pass on my thanks to our admissions and place planning teams for their hard work in allocating reception places for children across the county, as well as to the schools in Suffolk for their flexibility in accommodating the growth in primary aged children that we have experienced over recent years.

"Together, this has allowed us to once again offer the majority of Suffolk’s children a place at one of their preferred schools.”

Any parents or carers with a child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 who have not yet applied for a school place should make an application immediately by downloading the CAF1 application form from our website www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions or contact Suffolk County Council on 0345 600 0981.

For further information such as how to view your offer online and guidance on what to do if you have not received your preferred offer, please read our School admissions FAQ page.