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Youngsters secure primary school places

98% of children across Leicestershire have been offered a place at one of their top three school choices.

A primary school classroom
A primary school classroom

Parents across Leicestershire are today finding out which primary school their child will attend in September.

 This year has seen 7,115 applications received, with 98% of children across the county being offered a place at one of their top three school choices.

 More than 93% of youngsters have secured a place at their first choice school with 4.1% being offered their second option and just under 1% their third.

Children and parents are being notified by Leicestershire County Council from today (Friday).

We are delighted that the vast majority of children in Leicestershire have been offered a place at one of their top primary schools - and that so many were given their first choice.

 Whilst this is really positive, we also recognise that not every pupil has secured one of the places they had hoped for and we would encourage families needing advice to get in touch as soon as possible, to discuss what options may be available to them, including how to make an appeal.

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

Jane Moore, director of children and family services

On 16 April, primary school admissions for September 2021 are 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 panel.

 Parents who applied on paper will receive a letter and those who applied online will receive an email about the decision.  To find out more, visit: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions.

 There were 7115 applications received this year, compared to 7611 in 2020, of which:

93.1 per cent (6622) secured their first choice (92.4 per cent in 2020)

4.1 per cent (290) secured their second choice (4.7 per cent in 2020)

0.89 per cent (62) secured their third choice (0.88 per cent in 2020)

98 per cent (6974) secured one of their top three choices (98 per cent in 2020)

1.89 per cent (135) did not secure one of their choices and can appeal or take up a place at an alternative school (1.94 per cent in 2020)

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