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98 percent of pupils offered a place at a school of their choice

Published
16.04.2020

This year a total of 6649 Gloucestershire children have been offered a primary school place for September, with 98 percent being offered a place at one of their preferred schools. 92 percent of pupils also received a place at their first preference school.

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On Thursday 16 April, parents of pupils starting primary school in Gloucestershire this September were offered a place for their child. 98 per cent of pupils were offered one of their preferences, with an extra 121 children allocated a place compared to last year. 92 per cent were also offered their first choice of school. Parents now have until 24 April to accept their school place or request an alternative school.

Parents and carers who applied online will receive an email confirming their school place and they will be able to accept the place online. Parents and carers who did not apply online will receive a letter including the place on offer and the reasons why. This letter is specific to each pupil and contains an explanation for the decision made. More information about school admissions is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.

Parents are encouraged to accept their place online or return their reply forms as soon as possible.

If parents ask for their child's school place to be reconsidered, they will be placed on the waiting list for their preferred schools. If places then become available as some parents change their preferences over the coming months, they will be offered a place in line with the school’s admission policy.

Parents unhappy with their initial offer are encouraged to keep their place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome of the reconsideration, their child will have a place at a school in September.

The county council will write to parents with the result of the reconsideration after 15 May and parents will have until the 22 May to reply. Those who are still not satisfied with their given school will be advised of the appeals procedure.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member responsible for education at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s that time of year when our young people find out where the next stage of their education will be. Starting primary school is a big step and I wish all pupils well for this next stage of their journey.”

“It’s great to see such a high proportion of young people have been offered a school of their choice, and more pupils have been offered their first preference.”

The admission criteria and more information about waiting lists for every school is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions

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