Parents notified about new school places for September starters

More Devon children have been offered their first choice primary school for this September despite a rise in applications, new figures reveal.

In all, 94.9 per cent of families have been offered their first preference school compared with 94.2 per cent last year.

And 98.5 per cent of Devon children have been offered a place at one of their three preferred primary schools.

Figures released by Devon County Council today (Monday) show that 98.5 per cent of the families who applied for a place in a county primary have got one of their three preferences, with 3.1 per cent offered their second preference and 0.47 per cent their third preference.

In all 7,901 applications for a primary place were received this year compared to 7,803 last year.

Devon County Council's Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said: "There has continued to be considerable pressure on primary school places this year and we have been working hard to expand the number of places that are available.

"It is therefore very gratifying that we have been able to improve our offer of first-preference schools this year and also accommodate the vast majority of children in one of their three preferred schools.

"This is a testament to the hard work of the dedicated staff who work in our admissions and school place planning teams and the partnership and cooperation we have received from the heads and governors of Devon's primary schools.

"These are obviously very early statistics and are quite likely to improve even more before September as appeals are heard and other factors are taken into account, such as parents not taking up places they have been offered."

Are you happy with the primary school place offered to your child? Email your thoughts to newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk or call 01271 345056.