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No room in primary schools

Getting a good education, but not every primary pupil gets their first choice Photo: ITV Meridian

More than 800 Kent parents have been left disappointed after learning that their children won't get a place at any of their 3 preferred primary schools.

Figures released by Kent County Council today reveal that 818 pupils have missed out across the county in total. Here are the figures by district.

  • Ashford 44
  • Canterbury 44
  • Dartford 76
  • Dover 29
  • Gravesham 46
  • Maidstone 115
  • Sevenoaks 106
  • Shepway 50
  • Swale 63
  • Thanet 101
  • Tonbridge & Malling 40
  • Tunbridge Wells 87
  • N/A Applicants with no assigned district 17

In total 16,294 applications were received by the County Council - an increase of 375 on 2011. The number of children getting their first choice is up by 200 from last year (about 85% of all those who applied) and almost 95% have been offered a place at one of their choices.

Parents will now be accepting their school places or seeking alternatives if they are not happy with their allocation. The council says that despite the increase in application numbers, there are still more than 1200 places available at schools across Kent, as a result of measures taken by the county council to manage demand.

We recognise that these excellent outcomes for the 95% will be of little consolation to the small minority of parents who have not received a preferred choice. We continue to work hard to improve our admissions procedures and identify specific area where the need for additional places is required"

– Gary Cooke, Kent County Council

For more information on how to join a waiting list or appeal contact the admissions team at the council.

Nationally, one in seven families are expected to miss out on their top choice for their children. While some parents are breathing a huge sigh of relief others have been left devastated by the news that their children haven't been given places at any of the three schools they picked. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford has been talking to parents.