East Riding Council – Primary School Admissions

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PARENTS HAVE BEEN TOLD by the Council which primary school their child will be attending in September 2012.

This year, East Riding of Yorkshire Council received 3,186 applications for places at infant and primary schools.

Out of that figure, 3,148 applicants (98.8 per cent) got places at one of the three schools named on their application forms. 38 applicants could not be given places at any of their three chosen schools and have been given places at alternative schools.

At 44 of the 119 infant and primary schools, the number of first preferences was greater than the number of places available.

At 13 of these schools, the published admission number has been increased to ensure that all those who wanted places at the school could be accommodated.

The schools admission team has also processed over 400 applications from parents applying for their children to transfer from infant to junior schools. As all six junior schools are under-subscribed, everyone was given their first preference.

Where parents have been unsuccessful at getting places at their preferred schools, their child’s name is automatically added to a waiting list in case places are made available.

Alison Michalska, director of children, family and adult services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

“In line with local authorities across the country, the East Riding is experiencing an increase in the numbers of primary school places. In the East Riding, six per cent more children will be starting school in September than two years ago. Even with that increased pressure, although not all parents have got the places they really wanted, with 99 per cent getting one of their three preferences, the primary admissions round has been very successful.”

Parents unhappy with their child’s placement can make appeals, which are heard by an independent panel that looks at the individual circumstances of the children concerned and can award school places if they feel the circumstances justify it.

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Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and also edits the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

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