Most children get first choice school place

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More South Holland four-year-olds will be heading off to their first choice school when they start in September.

Lincolnshire County Council has announced that the vast majority of children have been given a place at their preferred school through the admissions system.

Parents were able to log on online from midnight on Monday night to find out which primary school they had been offered – with 92.3 per cent, or 6,762 children, receiving their first preference.

In line with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced an unusually high demand for reception class places for September 2014, with 7,325 applications.

The number of children offered their second preference school was 361 (4.9 per cent) and 70 (1 per cent) offered their third choice.

Only 132 children have been offered a place at a school which was not one of their three preferences – compared to 169 last year.

Parents now have until May 17 to lodge an appeal. The appeals process could mean the percentage of children receiving their first preference could rise by the time children start in September.

Debbie Barnes, director of children’s services, said: “I am delighted to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their preferences.

“There are many stories about how stressful the admissions process can be but every year the overwhelming majority of parents are successful in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”