Parents learn of primary school places

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

 

MORE than 95 per cent of Isle of Wight children have been offered a place at their parent's first choice of primary school.

Parents across the Island today (Wednesday) discovered which school their children would be attending in the coming year, with more than 97 per cent being offered a place at either their first, second or third choice.

The number of youngsters being offered places at their first choice of school was down slightly on the previous year, when the level was 97.4 per cent.

The Isle of Wight Council received 1,213 on time applications for the Island’s 41 primary schools, with 92 applications accepted after the closing date, a spokesman said.

Nationally it is believed pressure on school places could mean around one in eight children will miss out on their first choice.

Parents will be sent offer letters and e-mails.

Parents who want to appeal against the refusal of a school place can contact the council via an appeals process, explained in their offer letter.

Executive member for children’s services and education Cllr Richard Priest said: "We are delighted that the vast majority of parents have secured places at their preferred schools.

"Unfortunately it is never possible for everyone to get a place at their school of choice, however our admissions team will work with parents to secure a place at an alternative school, as close to the child’s home as possible.

"We are using this admissions data to better inform future decision making. We must be mindful that in six year’s time these children will be moving into the Island’s secondary schools and although some fluctuation is inevitable, we need to take this data into account and work with schools to help them plan for the future."

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by Mark Hitchman

17th April 2014, at 10:48:12

James Ash, I hardly think so!

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by David Shoulder

17th April 2014, at 09:07:34

Are there really 41 primary schools serving the Island. Choice excess and small is not always beautiful anyway. Quite reasonable to challenge whether this is the best way to spend hard won and therefore precious educational resources.

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by John James

16th April 2014, at 19:52:31

Back then of course if you wanted a different school you had to fight tooth & nail with the council to prove why you should be allowed the school you wanted rather than the allocated one. For a change its good news.

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by James Ash

16th April 2014, at 18:53:07

Shocking how many kids are missing out on their 1st choice, wonder if it has anything to do with immigration classes on IOW increasing being made up of immigrants

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