Published: April 19, 2013
91% of Somerset children secure their first choice primary schools

Figures announced this week by Somerset County Council show that nearly 91 per cent of children have secured their first choice primary school for the next academic year – an increase on last year.

For September 2013, 90.68 per cent of children have received their first choice primary school and 96.68 per cent of children were given at least one of their top three choices.

The results also reveal that 364 more students applied for primary school places this year. 5,776 applications were received for 2013, up from 5,412 the previous year.

Julia Ridge, who is responsible for school admissions, said: "It is great news that in the majority of cases we have been able to meet parents and carers’ preferences, despite an increase in applications overall."

"We have invested in a number of new classrooms around the county to meet the forecast increase in pupil numbers."

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