OPINION: Top marks for places

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Credit where it is due at Sheffield Council as more parents will be sending their children to their preferred primary school this year.

School admissions outcomes for places in reception from September show 97 per cent of children have been offered places at one of their three preferred schools – an increase of almost two per cent on last year.

The need for extra demand for primary school places is because of an unprecedented baby boom.

Education bosses at Sheffield Council have created more than 4,500 extra school places by expanding existing primaries and commissioning new schools, including a new through school on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium.

It’s not an easy task – and it will be no consolation to parents whose children won’t be going where they want – but managing to provide extra room where needed is to be praised.

Placing your child in their first school is always a worrying time for parents so the figures will provide confidence. The standard has been set by Sheffield Council for years to come. 97 per cent is now the benchmark and the work must begin straightaway for the next crop of the city’s youngsters.