Increase in applications for primary school places in Cambridgeshire
This year has seen an increase in the total number of applications for primary school places with 6,890 applications for reception places at Cambridgeshire schools for September 2019- up from 6,763 last year.
Of these, 92.5 per cent (6376) of applicants have been offered their first school preference, 4.3 per cent (296) a place at their second preference school and 0.9 per cent (64) their third preference.
The number of children offered a place at their parents’ first preference school has gone down from nearly 95 per cent last year, mainly due to an increase in the number of applications received from parents naming only one school.
The percentage of children who were not offered a place at one of their preferred schools has gone up from one to two per cent - again due to applicants not using all three preferences. The 64 children not allocated a place at one of their preferred schools have been offered a place at the next nearest Cambridgeshire school with a place available.
Jonathan Lewis, service director for education, said, “It is really important that applicants use all three of their preferences when applying for a school place and that they include their catchment school. This will give them the best chance of securing a place at a school close to their home.”
Last year, a total of 6,763 applications were received for reception places at Cambridgeshire schools for September 2018 entry. Almost 95 per cent (6,404) of applicants were offered their first school preference, 3.6 per cent (246) were offered a place at their second preference school and 0.7 per cent (48) their third preference.
What can parents do if they are not happy about the place their child(ren) has been offered?
Parents are legally entitled to appeal against the admission authority’s decision to refuse a place at their preferred school(s). Accepting a place at an alternative school does not affect their child’s place on the reserve list for their preferred school(s), or right of appeal. For more information see https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/apply-for-a-school-place/admission-appeals/