Over 97% of city pupils get top choice of primary schools

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Over 97% of pupils in Nottingham have received their first or second choice of primary school for September this year.

On National Offer Day today, the City Council has been able to inform parents and carers of 2,989 children that they have secured a place at their preferred school. This is out of 3,224 applications, with 158 getting their second choice. This means 97.6% have got a place at their first or second choice school.

An offer has been made to every child who applied, so nobody is without a place. Council officers will continue to help parents and carers over the coming days with any questions they may have, or give advice on how the appeal process works where necessary.

Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark, Portfolio Holder for Schools at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m delighted that every child has been offered a place, with the vast majority getting their first or second preference.

“I’d like to thank parents and carers for applying on-time, and also our admissions team for all their hard work. I’m sure we have going on for 3,000 children in Nottingham who are looking forward to joining their schools in September.

“We have proven in terms of our primary school expansion programme our ability to increase capacity in the city and enable more parents to get a place at their preferred school. Our £40m investment in primary school capacity since 2009 has added 4,000 new places.

“Nottingham is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and therefore it is essential that the Government funds the additional school capacity that we need for Nottingham children, particularly as they move to secondary education.”

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