Another record year for primary school first choices

A record 99% of children secure a place at one of their top three primary school preferences

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Parents across Leicestershire have today (Tuesday, 16 April) been finding out which primary school their child will attend this autumn. 

With 7,012 applications received this year, a record 99% of children across the county have been offered a place at one of their top three school preferences.

94.6% of youngsters due to start school for the first time have secured a place at their first preference school, with 3.6% being offered their second preference and 0.9% being offered their third preference primary school.

"We’re so pleased that nearly all children in Leicestershire are finding out that they’ve got a place at one of their top three primary school preferences

“It’s especially fantastic that there have been so many first choice places awarded, too.”

“We’re pleased for everyone with a successful outcome and recognise also that not every pupil has secured one of the places they had hoped for.

“There is support for families who want to talk about alternative school options or making an appeal. We want anyone needing this help to get in touch with us as soon as they can.

“I’d like to wish all children starting school for the first time a successful and enjoyable start to their schooling.”

The county council is also reminding parents that if a school place has been refused, the child will have been placed on the school’s waiting list. If a place becomes available parents will be contacted automatically.

Find out more about applying for a primary school place in Leicestershire 


Primary school offers for autumn 2024 were revealed across the country on Tuesday 16 April.

The admissions process in Leicestershire adheres to central government rules and gives parents the right to have an appeal heard by an Independent Appeal Panel.

Parents who applied on paper will receive a letter and those who applied online will receive an email about the decision.  

There were 7,012 applications received this year, compared to 7,169 in 2023, of which:

  • 94.8 per cent (6664) secured their first preference (94.2 per cent in 2023)
  • 3.6 per cent (253) secured their second preference (3.7 per cent in 2023)
  • 0.8 per cent (55) secured their third preference (1 per cent in 2022)
  • 99% per cent (6,972) secured one of their top three preferences (98.9 per cent in 2023)
  • 0.9 per cent (60) did not secure one of their preferences and were automatically agreed at the next nearest school to their home address. They can appeal or contact the LA to discuss other school options (1 per cent in 2023)


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