Friday, 17 April 2015

Central Beds - 90% of Pupils to Get First Preference School

More than 90 per cent of children starting school across Central Bedfordshire in September have been granted their first preference.

Today (16 April) is National Primary Offer Day, when pupils across the country discover where they will be starting school after the summer holidays.

Here, 92.5 per cent of the 3,304* pupils who applied to start their education at a lower or primary school in Central Bedfordshire for the 2015/16 academic year were granted their first preference.

Of those that didn’t, 3.9 per cent got their second preference, one per cent achieved their third preference and the remaining 2.6 per cent will be allocated an alternative school which has places available.

Helen Redding, the council’s Assistant Director School Improvement, said: “I am delighted that so many pupils have been granted their first preference for September despite the challenges of an increasing population.

“Every child in Central Bedfordshire should be able to attend a good, local school which is why we are spending more than £100million to create 6,500 new places over the next five years.”

For more information about school admissions and transfers, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions or email admissions@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk