Reception children find out where they will go to school
Families in Shropshire were today finding out whether their children have been offered a reception place at their preferred primary schools this September.
There were 2,758 applications for reception places across the county, 36 more than last year. The vast majority, 94.2 per cent, have been allocated their first preference.
Shropshire County said 88 children, 3.2 per cent were allocated their second preference and 20, 0.7 per cent, their third preference.
However 52 children. 1.9 per cent, have been allocated an alternative school.
Karen Bradshaw, Shropshire Council’s director of children’s services, said:
“We are really pleased that such a high percentage of pupils will be going to their first preference of primary school in 2019. Although there is pressure for primary school places across the country, this has not been experienced to the same degree in Shropshire, where there are only a few pressure points.
“We work hard to ensure that as many children as possible are able to attend their preferred school. Although it is not possible in every case, more than 98 per cent of applicants will attend one of their top three preferred schools and all applicants have been offered a place.”