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