More than 94% of Suffolk children offered first choice of primary school

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94.6% or 7,435 children have been offered a reception place for September 2018 at their parents' preferred school.

98.8% offered one of their three preferences. 0.6% more children received their first preference this year than last year.

Suffolk County Council received a total of 7,544 applications for a place in the Reception year from parents outlining which school they would prefer their children to be educated at from September 2018.

98.4% of pupils moving to a junior school have secured their first preference place with 99.68% being offered one of their three choices.

The number of people choosing to submit an application online has increased from 93% to more than 94%. These applicants will be able to see their school place offer online and will receive an email confirming the offer today, 16 April.

Letters have been sent to all applicants today by second class post.

Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills 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 this year over 94% of children in Suffolk received a place at their preferred school.”

Any parents or carers with a child born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 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.

Please read our School admissions FAQ page for further information, including:

  • how to view your offer online
  • guidance on what to do if you have not received your preferred offer