Will your child get first choice primary school in Notts today?

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Thousands of Nottinghamshire parents have secured a place at their first choice primary school for their children in September 2016.

Nottinghamshire County Council has today (April 18) contacted 9275 parents to let them know which school their son or daughter is to attend from September.

This year shows an increase in the number of applications received before the closing date and the number of parents who have got a place at one of their preferred schools.

The remaining 207 applicants have been offered a place at a school they didn’t state on their application. And nearly 62 per cent of these parents only made a single preference.

The county council said it had done all it could to ensure parents send their child to a school they wanted, and 92 per cent of parents will receive their first choice.

Councillor John Peck, committee chairman for children and young people’s services, said: “The situation as a whole continues to be encouraging as the majority of parents will be getting a school for which they made a choice.

“I am very happy that every child in Nottinghamshire, whose parents applied within the deadline date, will have a primary school place in September 2016.”

“As an authority we are not complacent as we are aware of the pressures within the system and the increasing number of children coming through.

“We are already making plans to deal with such pressures in the years to come.”

“Currently we are finalising plans to have 1,750 additional, permanent primary school places ready by this September to meet growing demand. And whilst these places will be across the complete age range, 250 of these will be for reception-aged children. That’s the equivalent of 25, 210-place, primary schools in total built over the last four years.”

The Council has invested nearly £37m over the last two years and has been allocated £20.45m from central government for additional primary and secondary places for admissions from September 2019.

This will bring the total number of additional primary school places to more than 5,400, nearly 800 of which are reception places, since the council began its expansion programme four years ago.

Marion Clay, the council’s acting service director for education standards said: “There are particular ‘pinch points’ across the county such as in parts of Broxtowe, Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, in terms of seeing a rapid increase in the number of primary aged children, but the council is responding by planning for the additional places it is creating.

“However, these areas may not remain consistent from year to year as parental preferences change.”

Mrs Clay also assured late applicants that a school place would be available for their child in September 2016.

Late applications and changes to preference will be processed after 3 May 2016.

Parents have right to appeal about their child’s school place and all appeals are wholly independent.

Did you get your first choice? Get in touch by emailing danielle.hayden@jpress.co.uk