Home   Kent   News   Article

Primary school places: Record number of pupils in Kent to go to first choice this year

By Paul Francis

A record number of children across the county got a place at the primary school they most wanted this year.

Kent County Council says more than 97% of children across the county will start their education in 2018 at one of their chosen primary schools.

And some 15,426 families have been offered their first preference school, which accounts for almost 90% of all applications.

Children in Kent have found out where they are going to primary school. Picture: iStock
Children in Kent have found out where they are going to primary school. Picture: iStock

As a result, the fewest number of families ever will be allocated a school they did not name, with 390 children assigned a school by Kent County Council.

This is a reduction of over half since 2012 when 818 children were placed in a primary school they had not chosen.

Cllr Roger Gough, KCC’s cabinet member for children, young people and education, said: “Following a successful Secondary National Offer Day, officers have continued to work hard to ensure that as many pupils secured one of their preferred primary schools and we are pleased to see the continued improvement in figures.”

“While we are happy to announce that a record low number of pupils needed to be given an alternative school, some families will still be receiving unwelcome news today. These parents can be assured that National Offer Day is just the first stage of offers and many will go on to secure places through waiting lists in the reallocation process and via appeals.”

Advisers would be on hand to help parents make the most of the options available to them.

Parents who applied online will receive an email after 4pm today, indicating which school they have been offered.

However, the timing of the email will depend on their own email service provider. These parents can also log in after 5pm to view the offer online. Those who applied by paper application form will be sent notification by first class post today.

Parents can accept their school place offers or seek alternatives if they are not happy with their allocation. There are still places available at schools across Kent. This is a direct result of measures taken by the council to manage capacity in line with demand.

For more information on how to join a waiting list and/or appeal go to: www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions or phone the admissions team on 0300 412121.

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More