Primary school admission figures announced

Nearly 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show.

Overall 97.7 per cent of the 5,664 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 92.17 per cent received their first choice.

Anyone who applied for places online will receive the outcome by email today (16 April) – it could take until lunchtime for emails to arrive, so parents and guardians are asked to be patient. Those who applied using paper forms will receive notification by post in the coming days.

Last year 98.4 per cent of applicants received one of their top three preferences and 93.8 per cent received their first primary school preference.

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “This is always a really busy time of year for the team and an important one for families across the county.

“It’s great to be able to meet the preferences of the vast majority of parents and carers. We wish all these children all the best as they start their primary school education, with all the exciting opportunities that presents.”

Of the 5,664 primary school applications received this year:

  • 1stpreference met – 92.17 per cent (5,221 applications)
  • 2ndpreference – 4.71 per cent (267 applications)
  • 3rdpreference – 0.88 per cent (50 applications)

Parents/carers of children not offered one of their top three primary school preferences can appeal the decision. More information about the appeal process can be found at