Record number of youngsters secure primary school place choices

Nearly 99% of children due to start school this autumn have been given a top three preference

A group of four young school children walking along the street in their unforms

Parents across Leicestershire have today (Monday, April 17) been finding out which primary school their child will attend this autumn. 

With 7,169 applications received this year, a record 98.9% of children across the county have been offered a place at one of their top three school preferences.

More than 94% of youngsters due to start school for the first time have secured a place at their first preference school, with 3.7% being offered their second preference and 1% being offered their third preference primary school.

For children moving from infant to junior school (years two to three), 100% of pupils secured their first preference school. 


It is fantastic to see the vast majority of children in Leicestershire get a place at one of their top three primary school preferences, and especially to see so many first choice places awarded.

“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.

“We are ready to support any families who need advice and encourage them to get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss alternative school options, including how to make an appeal.

“Don’t forget that for any school refused, you will be put on that school’s waiting list and if a place becomes available, you’ll automatically be contacted.

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


More information is available on first-time primary places



On Monday 17 April, primary school offers for autumn 2023 were revealed across the country.

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 7,169 applications received this year, compared to 7,410 in 2022, of which:

  • 94.9 per cent (6753) secured their first preference (90.5 per cent in 2022)
  • 3.7 per cent (265) secured their second preference (4.2 per cent in 2022)
  • 1 per cent (73) secured their third preference (0.9 per cent in 2022)
  • 98.9% per cent (7,091) secured one of their top three preferences (97.9 per cent in 2022)
  • 1 per cent (69) 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 (2.1 per cent in 2022)

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