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County council allocates reception places at first-choice primary school to 87% of children in Hertfordshire

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Seven in every eight Hertfordshire children starting school in September will do so at their first-choice primary.

Of 13,850 applications for reception places in the county, 12,090 (87.3%) were allocated their top selection. In all, 13,512 (97.6%) were allocated one of their four ranked schools.

Including allocations to junior and middle schools, over 16,500 Hertfordshire families were informed of their offers on Friday (April 16).

Bishop's Stortford's new Avanti Meadows Primary School
Bishop's Stortford's new Avanti Meadows Primary School

Simon Newland, operations director of education at local education authority Hertfordshire County Council, said: "Given the significant growth in the primary school population over the last decade, we've been committed to ensuring that we have the right number of school places in the right locations. We're also working alongside free schools and academies to attract extra funding for more school places where they are most needed.

"While I appreciate that a small number of parents may be disappointed with the school they have been allocated, I would encourage them to visit the school and speak to the headteacher before dismissing the offered place. They may be pleasantly surprised by what they see."

All applicants not offered their first preference school will automatically be placed on the 'continuing interest list' for any Hertfordshire schools named higher on their application forms than the school offered.

Places must be accepted by April 30. This is also the last date to opt out of continuing interest. The deadline to submit an appeal is 4pm on May 21. Further information concerning post-allocation processes is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions.

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