Parents across England will find out today (Saturday 16 April), which school their child has been offered a place at for reception classes starting in September 2016.
In Herefordshire, we have made 1,839 offers with the following parental preference success rates:
First preference: 1,742 offers, which is 94.7% of the total offers
Second preference: 58 offers, which is 3.2% of the total offers with a cumulative
success rate of 97.9%
Third preference: 10 offers, which is 0.5% of the total offers with a cumulative
success rate of 98.4%
The remaining 29 or 1.6% of places offered were to parents whose preferences could not be met and their offer was for the nearest school to their home address with available spaces.
As in previous years, Herefordshire schools are a net importer of pupils, with more pupils from neighbouring counties requesting places in the county’s schools than Herefordshire pupils requesting places in neighbouring counties.
There are currently 17 primary schools in Herefordshire with waiting lists and 53 have available spaces.
This year, the council promoted a new online application service, which it was hoped would account for approximately 50% of applications. It was actually used by 86% of families.
In comparison to last year, there were 1,895 primary school place offers made, of which 93.6% were first preferences and 98.4% were for one of the three preferences.