Primary school places

Anxious families across Bristol are today receiving offers of much sought after primary school places.

Bath Council tops first choice schools allocation

Thousands of children families found out today if their child had been awarded a place at their preferred primary school.

While many did get what they wanted, some did miss out.

Number of children awarded place at first choice school:

  • Bath and North East Somerset: 93.97%
  • Wiltshire: 92%
  • Somerset County: 90.68%
  • South Gloucestershire: 89.36%
  • North Somerset: 88.31%
  • Bristol: 87%

Bath and North East Somerset Council also topped the table for offering pupils a place at one of three preferred schools.

Number of children awarded place at one of three preferred schools:

  • Bath and North East Somerset: 98.69%
  • Wiltshire: 98%
  • North Somerset: 97.28%
  • South Gloucestershire: 97.26%
  • Somerset County: 96.68%
  • Bristol: 96%

Anxious wait for parents over primary school places

Anxious families across Bristol are today receiving offers of much sought after primary school places.

The city has seen one of the biggest increases in the school population anywhere in the country and recently secured £34m to fund its school expansion programme for the next two years.

This year, 96% of offers will be for a place at a preferred school, an increase from 95% last year.213 families, will be offered a school they didn't select which could be a long distance from their home.

If at the end of the appeals process we're unable to meet the preferences of all parents, they can look to make their own arrangements.

The reality is in a large authority area like Bristol being able to make 100% of parental preferences is an aspiration that's beyond us in the short to medium term.

– Craig Bolt, service director, Children & Young People Service for Bristol City Council

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Parents to find out about primary school places

Parents in Bristol will find out today what primary school their children will be going to this September. Credit: ITV News West Country

213 families in Bristol have failed to secure a primary school place of their choice.

More than 5,300 applications will receive an offer from the city council this morning. 96% have secured one of their three choices, 67% of them their first.

Bristol has seen one of the biggest increases in the school population anywhere in the country.