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90% of Reception Age Offered First Preference School

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12:02am 22nd April 2015

News this week from Cornwall Council shows that 90% of Reception Age children in Cornwall are offered...

...their first preference school. Last week, parents up and down the Duchy received news about whether or not their child got into the first preference school.

Cornwall Council shared the following statistics, last week:

"The Council received 5782 applications for new reception school places for pupils in Cornwall to start school in September 2015.  Of those, 5242 (90.7 %) have been offered a place at their first preference school.  Of the 540 pupils who were not allocated their first preference school, 272 pupils have been allocated their second preference school and 53 pupils their third preference school.  These figures show that 96.3% of children have been allocated one of their three preferences."

"215 pupils (3.7%) have not been allocated a place at either their first, second or third preference school, but at the nearest school to their home address with room.  All reception age pupils who applied for a school place in Cornwall have been allocated a place."

"There has also been an increase in the number of schools which are full for new reception admissions in September 2015.  Cornwall has 235 primary schools, of which 227 have reception classes (with the remaining 8 junior schools).  Of these 112 are currently full, compared with 93 schools in 2014 and 53 in 2013.  These figures show that the number of children in Cornwall requiring a school place continues to grow, this picture is mirrored nationally. Among the areas in Cornwall which are experiencing particular pressures on reception age school places are St Austell, Camborne, Pool and Redruth, St Agnes, St Teath and Camelford, Truro, Launceston and Newquay."


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