Nine out of ten parents get first choice primary school place

Nine out of ten parents in Staffordshire have been offered their first choice primary school.

The county council said increased capacity in areas such as Lichfield and Fradley had helped ensure 97 per cent of youngsters would be placed in one of their top three preferred schools.

A total of 8,867 places have been allocated across Staffordshire as the county council revealed an increased birth-rate had put additional pressure on schools in the region.

Ben Adams

Ben Adams

County Councillor Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills, said: “A large number of parents now have very good reason to be pleased as their child starts their school life in a Staffordshire school.

“Despite the rise in birth rates and the extra pressures on primary school places in the county, through careful managing of the admissions process and the extra capacity we are putting in Staffordshire schools we have managed to ensure the majority of parents are offered one of their top three places.

“We have already added capacity in Burton, Huntington, Fradley, Lichfield and Stafford either by making better use of existing accommodation or through building new schools, and this will continue for the next few years.

“These pressures on school places makes the fact that we have given over 92 per cent of parents their first choice school all the more remarkable.”

Additional housing construction across the county is expected to put more pressure on local schools in future years.

But Cllr Adams insisted plans were being put in place to deal with additional student numbers.

“Our work isn’t finished yet,” he admitted. “~As the population is set to rise again over the next ten years, we are drawing up more plans to ensure schools in Staffordshire have enough capacity to cope with increasing demand, and parents still have a choice when it comes to their child’s education.”able to access the decision online from today.

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