High rating for Doncaster as 99 per cent of children in primary school of choice

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Doncaster Council has secured primary school places of their choice for 99 per cent of children this year.

Those who were offered places at one of their preferred schools were up on almost one per cent from last year, maintaining Doncaster’s record in spite of a rising pupil population.

First choice of school was granted to 96 per cent of children in the borough. There were 48 youngsters who did not get in to a preferred school from over 3000 applications. All were offered places at alternative schools.

This year saw an increase in the number of applications made online, with 90 per cent of this year’s applications processed electronically on the council’s website.

Director of Learning and Opportunities: Children and Young People, Damian Allen, said: “These primary school admission figures will be good news to thousands of families across Doncaster.

“Despite an increasing pupil population we have once again continued to maintain an excellent record in ensuring as many children as possible start the next academic year at one of their preferred schools.”

National figures for school places are due to be released later this month. In 2015 94 per cent of pupils in Doncaster secured their first choice place, well above the national average of 88 per cent, placing Doncaster in the top 10 per cent of authorities nationally.