Primary school places revealed by Hertfordshire County Council

PUBLISHED: 16:14 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:14 18 April 2016

Welwyn Hatfield primary school places have been announced

Welwyn Hatfield primary school places have been announced

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Hertfordshire County Council revealed 95 per cent of children in the county have been allocated a place at one of their preferred schools.

Of the 15,133 applications received for reception places, 14,320 have been allocated a ranked primary school. Of these, 12,422 (82 per cent) were allocated their first ranked school – compared to 81 per cent last year.

Taking into account junior and middle schools as well, nearly 18,000 Hertfordshire families will be informed of their offer of a school place today or tomorrow.

Parents and carers in Hertfordshire who have registered an email address will be sent their allocations, and information is now available at www.hertsdirect.org/primaryoptions

Andrew Simmons, deputy director for children’s services, said: “We want all children to have access to a good education so they can reach their full potential, with the right number of school places in the right location, so I’m delighted that the vast majority of children have been allocated one of their ranked schools.

“This is a significant challenge given there are 10,000 more children under the age of four in Hertfordshire today than a decade ago.

“However, we are committed to ensuring that where the county’s population grows we build the appropriate infrastructure and have spent more than £180m since 2010 to provide more than 3,200 additional reception places.”

However, some children have not been offered a place at one of their preferred schools, and the council said they will be offered one next month through the “continuing interest process”.

Mr Simmons added: “Although allocations for these families will be delayed for a month, I am confident that every child not currently offered a school place will be offered one at the first run of continuing interest.

“I recognise this is always a difficult time for parents but firmly believe that delaying allocations for a small number of families is preferable to allocating a place at a school outside the local area.”


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