90 per cent get school first choice in Suffolk

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Over 90 per cent of Suffolk children got their first choice of primary school this year, the county council has said.

Primary school admission figures for September 2016 entry show 90.71 per cent, or 7,184, children got into their parents’ first choice of school and 97.53 per cent got one of their three preferences.

The percentage of children achieving their first choice is up by 0.5 per cent over 2015.

The number submitting an application online has increased from 75 per cent to 78 per cent.

Cllr Gordon Jones, Suffolk’s cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, said: “At a time when many areas across the UK are facing real issues in finding enough primary school places, it is good to see that we are able to give most parents places for their children at the schools they want.”

Parents or carers who have not yet applied for a school place should visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions