Record numbers get first choice place at Essex Primary Schools

Ray Gooding

A RECORD 98 per cent of primary school pupils in Essex have been offered their top choice of school for September.

Coun Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said ‘We remain committed to ensuring young people in Essex receive the best possible education and I am delighted we have again be able to offer the vast majority of children their preferred place this year.’

More than 14,000 primary school pupils in Essex had the chance to choose their top preferred places to study this September.

The applications’ outcome was announced on April 16. Online applications were confirmed by email and via the Essex County Council website.

Last February the council carried out an investment of £87 million for building new schools since the number of students has increased around the county. That gave the opportunity to 88.13 per cent of the pupils to be offered their parents’ first preferred school.

A total of 7.12 per cent have been offered their parents’ second preferred place to study which means that up to a 95.25 per cent of students who have been offered the first or second preferred school.

Coun Gooding said: ‘With about 94 per cent of the county’s primary schools currently rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared with a national average of 90 per cent, there is certainly plenty of encouraging news for parents, pupils and schools in Essex.’

 

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