Rise in number of children getting a place at their chosen primary school in Rotherham

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More children in Rotherham have been offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools.

Rotherham Council said across the borough almost 94 per cent of parents will hear today that their children have gained their first preference of primary school.

Out of 3,187 applications, almost 94 per cent - 2,995 children - received their first choice, compared with almost 92 per cent last year. Just over four per cent - 129 pupils - were offered there second choice, compared with five per cent in 2014, while less than one percent - 18 children - were given their third choice, down from 1.5 per cent in 2014.

In total, more than 98 per cent of applicants were offered one of their three preferences.

A total of 45 children had no preference met.

Ian Thomas, strategic director for childrens and young peoples services for Rotherham Council, said it was great news for parents.

He said: “The forward planning of school place demand within the authority together with the positive relationships with our schools, has meant that by partnership working we have been able to deliver projected additional capacity in areas of need in a timely manner.”

Mr Thomas added that the authority has planned for future growth within the region.

From September 2015 to September 2017 a total of 280 new primary places will be created with the building of a new school and the expansion of a further two existing schools.