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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,

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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."

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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.

Brighton students walk out of school

A number of Brighton students have walked out of school today in protest against proposed changes to the education system. The action comes after hundreds of schools across Kent, Sussex and Brighton were shut or partially shut yesterday in a strike by teachers over pay, conditions and pensions.

The pupils who walked out say they were taking action over possible changes to the length of the school day and summer holidays.

Round up of today's teacher strikes

For thousands of children it was a welcome extra day off school. For their parents it was a nightmare - with last minute child care, often proving impossible to find.

Today's strike by schoolteachers closed dozens of schools.

Others were badly affected as staff walked out in the long, ongoing dispute over a range of issues including pay and conditions.

This is how our region has been affected:

There were 35 schools closed or partially closed in Buckinghamshire - 96 in Oxfordshire - 36 in Berkshire - 89 in Surrey - 32 in Wiltshire and 64 in Hampshire. Sally Simmonds has more.

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