More children offered a preferred primary school place

16 April 2014

More children have been offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools in Bracknell Forest this year than ever before with 97 per cent securing one of their top choice schools.

More than 1,500 parents made applications for their child to attend a Bracknell Forest primary, infant or nursery school and a total of 1,472 were offered one of their preferred schools. More than 1,050 parents were notified of their child's school place offer via email this year on national offer day (Wednesday, April 16) as part of the council's drive to make the school admissions process as easy and simple as possible.

Out of the 1,512 applications received by the deadline in January:

  • 97 per cent were offered one of their preferences (compared to 96 per cent last year)
  • 87 per cent were offered their first choice school
  • Three per cent were offered an alternative school (compared to four per cent last year).

Parents have until April 30, 2014 to accept or decline their child's school place, this can also be done online, even if the place wasn't applied for online. Places that are declined can be re-offered to children on waiting lists, meaning today’s offers are just the start of the process.

Janette Karklins, director of children, young people and learning, said: "I'm pleased that this year we have been able to increase the proportion of children offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools, especially considering the rising demand for primary school places both locally and nationally.

"We are continuing to expand our primary schools in areas with pressure points, for example we recently added a surge classroom to Harmans Water Primary School to ensure there are enough places to meet the demand. This work will continue over the coming year to help deal with the extra demand for places."

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said: "We know that it is important for parents to have a choice about where their child goes to school and so it is pleasing to see that 97 per cent of applicants have been allocated a place at one of their chosen schools.

"Just like other local authorities, there is pressure on our schools and the demand for school places remains high, however, significant investment to expand our schools across the borough means that very nearly all children have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools this year."

Notes:

  • 1,512 applications were received by Bracknell Forest Council before the January 15, 2014 deadline.
  • 1,472 applicants were offered one of their preferred places and 40 were offered an alternative.
  • 1,053 school place offers were made by email on Wednesday, April 16; 459 offers were made via letter and sent by 2nd class post on Tuesday, April 15.
  • Parents have until April 30, 2014 to accept or decline a place.
  • Children not offered a place at one of their preferred schools have been placed on a waiting list. When school places are declined these places will then be offered to children on the list as appropriate. This is just the first phase of the admissions process and the council expects places to be re-offered in due course.

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