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More children offered preferred places at primary school

The number of children in Cambridgeshire offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools this September has increased. 
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More Cambridgeshire pupils offered preferred places at primary school (Photo: Pixabay)

More were offered their first choice school – 94.5 per cent – than last year’s 93.7 per cent. 

This year 99 per cent were offered a place at one of their three chosen schools, compared with 98.6 per cent last year. 

The proportion of pupils in Cambridgeshire offered a place at one of their first two choices was also up – from 97.9 per cent last year to 98.4 per cent this year. 

In Peterborough 98.4 per cent of children were allocated a place at one of their top three schools – similar to last year but with fewer applications. 

Of these, 97.7 per cent were given a place at one of their first two preferred schools – fractionally down on last year’s 98 per cent. 

Cambridgeshire County Council received 6420 applications for primary school places this year, compared with 6820 in 2020. 

Peterborough City Council processed 2547 applications this year, fewer than last year’s 2727. 

Jonathan Lewis, Service Director for Education at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council said: “I am delighted that so many children will be attending a school of their choice this year. This is down to the hard work and dedication of officers who have worked over many years to ensure there are local places for local children in our schools.” 

If parents have not yet applied for a place for this September, they should contact Cambridgeshire County Council 

Any parents unhappy with the place their child has been allocated can appeal to Peterborough here or Cambridgeshire here