More than 97% per cent of children have received a place at one of their top three choices of primary school, Somerset’s National Offer Day figures have revealed.
Every year on National Offer Day (16 April) families learn from their local authority whether their child has secured a place at one of their preferred primary schools.
Somerset County Council’s figures show that over 97% per cent of 5,840 children have secured a place at one of their top choices for September 2016 – a very slight increase on last year’s performance. Over 92% have received a place at their first choice of school.
Parents may apply to send their child to any school they wish although their success depends on number of different factors. These include the distance of a chosen school from their home address, the demand for places, and an individual school’s specific admission criteria.
In the first round of applications* for the 2016-17 school year:
- Somerset received 5,840 primary school applications, 11 fewer than in 2015
- 97.68% of applicants have been offered one of their top three preferences
- 92.47% gained a place at their first choice of primary school
- 4.28% their second choice
- 0.93% their third choice
- 2.2% have been offered an alternative school
- 0.29% are yet to be allocated a school place.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council said: “I’m pleased to confirm that over 97% of Somerset children have secured a place at one of their three preferred schools for September 2016.
“This has been another demanding year for primary school places in Somerset, with 5,830 applications made.
“We are rising to the challenge of meeting the demand for school places. As testament to this, we are committing more than £16m for school buildings, expansions and repairs, to provide the additional capacity we need for the next three years. The authority will continue to work hard alongside our schools to do all we can to help our children learn, grow and succeed, now, and in the future.”
Notes to editors:
*Parents are encouraged to apply in time for the first round of applications, however it is possible for parents to make in-year applications after this date, or appeal a school place allocation decision.
On National Offer Day 2015:
- Somerset received 5,851 first admission applications
- 96.66% were offered one of their top three preferences
- 92.3% gained a place at their first choice of primary school
- 4.4% their second choice
- 0.96% their third choice
- 1.9% were offered an alternative school
- 0.4% were not offered a school place.