Primary places: ‘Majority’ of Hartlepool parents get preferred place

Did you get your preferred place?
Did you get your preferred place?

The large majority of parents got their children into their first place primary and secondary school, say council chiefs.

Hartlepool Borough Council says 96% (1,117) of applicants for a primary school place were offered their first preference for 2016.

Figures also show 91.5% (952) of applicants for a secondary school place were offered their first preference.

Council chiefs say 99.6% (1,158) of applicants for a primary school place were offered their first, second or third preference and 99.6% (1,036) of applicants for a secondary school place were offered their first, second or third preference.

Councillor Chris Simmons, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s children’s services committee said: “Once again we have been able to offer the large majority of parents who have children entering primary and secondary school in September their first preference which is very positive news indeed. The council does work very hard in association with schools to ensure that there is an appropriate spread of school places across the town and it’s very reassuring that 99.6% have been allocated either their first, second or third choice for a primary and secondary school place.”

Early indications show that nationally almost 90% will have been given their first choice, but is has been suggested there are wide differences around the country, with nearly one in six children missing out on their preference in some areas, compared with almost all getting their number one pick in others.

At least 24 local authorities came under the average of 88.9% for placing youngsters in their top choice of primary school.

In Redcar & Cleveland, 97.8% of new starters have got their preferred place, results from Liverpool show that 88% of children starting reception will go to their first choice, while Birmingham and Newcastle only placed 85.6% in their top slots.

The Government spent £5 billion creating places between 2011 and 2015 and 95.9% of parents received an offer at one of their top three preferred primary schools last year, the Department for Education said. “Despite rising pupil numbers, at primary, the number of pupils in excess of their school’s capacity has fallen by a quarter since 2010, and average class sizes have seen little change,” a spokesman said.

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