97.3% of applicants get a place at one of their four preferred Herts primary schools
Some 97.3% of Hertfordshire children have been allocated a place at one of their preferred primary schools in September, according to the education authority.
Of the 14,379 applications for reception places received by Hertfordshire County Council, 13,990 were allocated one of their four choices – and 12,371 (86%) got their favourite.
Jenny Coles, the council's director of children’s services, said: “Given the significant growth in primary school population over the last decade, we have been committed to ensuring that we have the right number of school places in the right locations.
"We have committed more than £200m since 2010 to provide more than 4,000 additional reception places.
"With the vast majority of children being allocated one of their ranked schools, we are taking the steps needed to meet this considerable challenge. We are 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.”
The 2,000 applicants who have not been offered their first-choice school have been automatically placed on the 'continuing interest' list. All new applications for continuing interest must be made to the county council.
Taking into account allocations to junior and middle schools, more than 17,000 Hertfordshire families got an offer of a place on Tuesday or Wednesday (April 16 or 17).
Offers of places must be accepted by Tuesday April 30. This is also the last date to 'opt out' of continuing interest. The deadline to submit an appeal is 4pm on May 22. Further information concerning post-allocation processes is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/primaryoptions
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