High number of pupils secure their preferred Primary School

The vast majority of pupils starting Primary School in Peterborough this September will be attending their first preference school.

Out of the 2,821 parents who applied for a place before the deadline, 91 per cent have been offered their first preference school. This figure is down slightly from 91.4 per cent in 2017, but higher than the 87.8 per cent in 2016.

In total 98 per cent of parents were offered one of their three preferred primary schools with around 5.8 per cent being offered their second preference and 1 per cent their third.

Parents who applied for a primary school place online were able to log-on from 11.30am today (Monday 16 April 2018) to find out which school they have been offered. They also received an email to inform them of their offered school.

In addition, all parents who applied for a place have been sent a letter by first class post this morning explaining their offer.

Jonathan Lewis, Peterborough City Council’s director of education, said: “Peterborough has seen a massive increase in its school population in recent years and we have worked hard to create thousands of new places to keep up with demand.

“Through continued good planning we have ensured that high numbers of families are able to send their children to their preferred primary school.”

In 2008, a total of 2,222 requested primary school places, compared to 2,821 this year. This 27 per cent rise in 10 years has been addressed through the provision of new primary schools including Hampton College Primary Phase and St Michael's CofE Primary School in Stanground and expansions of existing primary schools, such as Gladstone Primary Academy, West Town Academy and Hampton Hargate.

Parents who are unhappy with the school place they have been offered have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.

Parents will be given details of how to appeal with their offer letter or online.

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