How to appeal your school place

With secondary school places being given to children across the south today, here's what to do if you want to appeal your decision.

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Solving the school places crisis

Schools across Sussex are being expanded to provide 6,000 extra primary age places. But is it the right way forward?

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Almost 90% secure first choice schools in Hampshire

Almost 90% of parents have been allocated a place at their first place school across Hampshire.

More than 97% have been offered a place at one of their top three schools, according to Hampshire County Council.

In total, Hampshire County Council’s Admissions Service has processed almost 15,000 applications for primary school places.

The news comes after the council agreed a new budget that included investment of £150 million to expand and build new schools, creating thousands of school places to meet forecast demand.

I am pleased to see that we have been able, yet again, to offer a high number of pupils a place at their preferred school. I do understand that there will be some disappointment for a small number of parents who did not secure a place for their child at a school of their choice.

I am pleased to see that we have been able, yet again, to offer a high number of pupils a place at their preferred school. I do understand that there will be some disappointment for a small number of parents who did not secure a place for their child at a school of their choice."

– Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services,

Record number offered top primary place in Reading

More families than ever have been offered their first choice of primary school in Reading.

A total of 1,673 families were offered their first choice place for primary schools, but an increase in applications means the allocations is slightly down from last year.

There has been an on-going and significant increase in the population of primary school children in Reading since 2012 and every family who applied has been offered a place.

The Council is meeting this increased demand with a £64 million investment in 13 primary schools across Reading.

The first new places are available from this September, along with some one-off additional classes and the new Heights Primary School in Caversham.

It has once again been a challenging year to cater for the continuing increased demand for school places in Reading. The increase in applications this year was widely predicted and justifies the significant investment the Council is making in expanding primary schools across Reading. This is the first year where some of those permanent expansions have fed directly into the primary school application process and it is reassuring that the investment programme is beginning to have a positive effect."

– Kevin McDaniel, Head of Education


Brighton and Hove see 94% kids accepted into schools

More than 94% of schoolchildren have been offered their preferred schools in this year's primary schools admission.

The number of applications received by Brighton and Hove City Council for a primary school places has gone up by 170 since last academic year.

The council have said that where preferred choices have not been met, parents have been offered a place at the nearest school that has places.

I’m pleased that we have been able to offer such a high proportion of parents one of their preferred schools, particularly given that the number of applications is up by 170 this year.”

– Pinaki Ghoshal, council’s director of children’s services

89% children get school place in Oxford

Nearly 90% of children of children in Oxford have been offered a place at their first choice of school.

This is despite a large increase in the number of applications received by the council - with an extra 209 children attaining first preference places compared with 2013.

Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families Melinda Tilley said: “We are pleased to be able to offer first-preference places to the overwhelming majority of children.

"Oxfordshire has a strong record in this respect and compares favourably with other parts of the country, but like many other areas we are expecting the school age population to continue to rise in the coming years."

Parents find out if children have got first choice school

Parents are finding out today if their children have been given their first choice of primary school.

Thousands of new places have been created to meet a growing demand.

Today is the first national "offer day" when admissions have been coordinated by all 152 local authorities in England at the same time.

An increase in birth rate combined with an influx of migrants in some areas has driven an increase in the number of four and five-year-olds starting school.

There is concern that more children will miss out on their first choice place because of this.

The Department of Education has given local authorities £5 billion to create more primary school places, with a further £2.35 billion made available between 2015 and 2017.


Secondary places offer day for parents & pupils in the Thames Valley

by Rachel Hepworth

Thousands of parents have been finding out whether their children have been accepted into the secondary schools of their choice.

Nationally - around eighty percent of youngsters will go to the school they chose as their first choice in September 2014. In the Thames Valley area, the figures appear higher.

Advice for parents on school applications

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council member for education, has some words of re-assurance for families whose children aren't successful in getting a place at their first choice of school.

Of 12,700 applications in Hampshire, 12,100 got their first choice. Only 100 families didn't get any of their first three choices.

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