22nd Aug, 2019

First choice school place figures remain on the rise

Rob George 16th Apr, 2019

COUNTY education chiefs have revealed more than 90 per cent of of children in Worcestershire will be starting school in September at their first-choice school for the third year in a row.

More than 6,100 applications – 100 more than in 2018 – were made for place and more than 5,600 children or 92.4 per cent of youngsters will be attending their first-choice school.

The number of children being placed in their second preference has increased from last year, with 5.1 per cent of children receiving a place there. This means 97.5 per cent of children will be attending either their first or second choice of preferred school.

Catherine Driscoll, director of Children, Families and Communities said: “It’s great news so many children will be starting school this year in their first or second choice school.

“Our statistics for allocating preferred school places have been moving in a really positive direction for a while now and we’re delighted that this year sees that trend continue.”

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