More than 100 additional pupils in Nottingham have received their first-choice primary school for September this year – despite a larger number of applications than 2022.
On National Offer Day yesterday (Monday), the City Council was able to inform parents and carers of 3,108 children that they have secured a place at their preferred school. This compares with 2,989 for 2022, despite there being 62 more applications this year.
An offer has been made to every child whose parents or carers applied on time, so nobody is without a place.
It means that 98.3 per cent of parents got either their first or second-choice school, up from 97.6 per cent in 2022.
Council officers will continue to help parents and carers over the coming days with any questions they may have, or support with the appeal process where necessary.
Nick Lee, Director of Education at Nottingham City Council, said: “We understand how important it is for parents and carers to secure a place for their children at a preferred primary school as they start their education journey.
“We work really hard to support them with this and it’s been another challenging year, so I’m delighted that every child in Nottingham has been offered a place – with more than a hundred additional first-choices than last year.
“This is especially welcome considering that we received 62 more applications for September 2023, which is effectively two whole year groups at some schools.
“That’s another significant increase and I’d like to thank parents and carers for applying on-time, and also our Admissions team for all their hard work.
“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.”