Lincolnshire children get first-choice school places

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The vast majority of children, 93 per cent, have been given a place at their school of choice through the admissions system this year, despite an increase in the number of requests for the more popular schools.

Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high numbers of families wanting their children to start school in September. There are 7790 children wanting a school place this year, the largest year group since the local authority started co-ordinating primary school intake admissions in 2007.

93 per cent of these children will receive an offer of a place at their first preference school, on par with last year (93.6 per cent).

Because of appeals and movement on the reserve list, it is normal for the percentage of first preferences to increase by the time children start in September.

Although the county council has offered a school place to every child whose parents applied by the deadline, 140 children (or just 1.8 per cent) will be offered a local school that isn’t one of their preferences.

Parents can pick up their offer using the online system from 16 April – go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions. The vast majority apply online.

Parents have until 15 May to lodge an appeal if they are unhappy with the refusal of a school place. If they return the appeal form by the deadline, it will be heard before the end of term - if it is received late it will still be heard but this may be in September.

Debbie Barnes, Director of Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted to see so many children getting their first school of preference and this should be even better by September.

“It is always our intention to support as many parents as possible with their preferences. Every year the overwhelming majority of parents are successful in gaining admission to the school of their choice.”