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Nearly 96% of primary school children in Medway have been offered their first choice places at secondary school, new figures show.
Families across Medway will receive the news today.
Nearly 3,000 children were offered places, with 82% offered their first choice in secondary school, more than 10% offered their second choice and nearly 3% offered their third choice.
More than 86% of families used the councils online application process to submit their choices.
Reading Borough Council has announced a £64 million project to increase the number of school places in Reading. The council wants to create an extra two and a half thousand places. The plan would mean the expansion of thirteen primary schools.
The schools included in the proposal are:
• Alfred Sutton Primary School
• The Ridgeway Primary
• Geoffrey Field Infants
• Geoffrey Field Juniors
• Southcote Primary
• Churchend Primary
• St Michael’s Primary
• New Oxford Road Academy
• EP Collier Primary
• Thameside Primary
• Dee Park & Ranikhet Primary Redevelopment
• Newtown Primary
• St Michael’s Primary
The plan will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday 7th November,
The deadline for applying for secondary school places for September 2014 is fast approaching. Southampton City Council is urging parents of children currently in Year 6 to get their applications in on time give them a chance to secure a place at a school of their choice.
Applications must be in my midnight on Thursday 31st October. The council has written to every family with guidance on applying for a school place, the most important criteria is that the application is received on time. Late applications go to the bottom of the pile.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledge continued funding to help ease the pressure on school places as demand increases across the South. He was at a nursery in the region encouraging parents to take advantage of a new allowance.
Kate Bunkall reports. She spoke to Nick Clegg and Councillor John Ennis from Reading Borough Council.
More than 16,000 families in Kent are finding out today which primary schools their sons and daughters will go to from September. More than 14,000 children have been given their first choice of school - but well over 600 got schools their parents didn't select. This from Christine Alsford.
More than sixteen thousand families will find out within the next few hours if their children have got places at the primary schools of their choice in Kent.
The statistics show that 96% will be given one of the three schools they selected in the shortlisting phase. However, more than 650 children will lose out and not achieve any of the three options they preferred.
Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford spoke to mother-of-two Katie Smith, who faces a 100-mile a week school run after her four-year-old daughter missed out on a place at any of their local schools at Bearsted in Kent.
A report from the National Audit Office has warned that there is a nationwide shortfall of about 250,000 school places for autumn 2014.
National Audit Office head Amyas Morse said:
The Department has ambitious objectives to provide school places, and to enable parents to have some choice of school for their children.
However, despite increases in places and funding over the last two years, it faces a real challenge, with 256,000 places still required by 2014/15. Furthermore, there are indications of strain on school places.
The Department needs a better understanding of costs to improve value for money, as well as a better understanding of the impact its funding contribution is having on the ground.