Majority of children get first choice primary school places in Rutland

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More than 98 per cent of new school starters in Rutland have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools, following the County’s latest round of primary admissions.

Ahead of today’s offer (Thursday, April 16), Rutland County Council received and processed 368 applications from residents for September 2015 primary school admissions.

Of the residents who applied 363 (98.6 per cent) were offered places at either their first, second or third choice school.

A total of 341 residents (93 per cent) were offered their first choice, 16 (four per cent) were offered their second choice and six (two per cent) were offered their third choice. Just five residents have no preference met and instead received an alternative offer.

Dr Tim O’Neill, director for people at Rutland County Council said: “Rutland has consistently achieved some of the highest satisfaction rates for primary school admissions in the Country and we are pleased to say that this is once again the case for 2015.

“There has been a small dip in the percentage of first preference offers made to Rutland residents this year, mainly due to the fact that, although there are sufficient primary school places for children in Oakham, parental preference has meant a small number of schools are over subscribed - resulting in higher rate of second and third preference offers being made.

“The Council is already looking at ways to meet an expected increase in demand for primary school places in future years. For example, we are currently in the process of identifying a provider to run a new 210-place primary school in Oakham, which it is proposed will open in the 2017/2018 school year.”

For more information about school admissions in Rutland, please visit: www.rutland.gov.uk/educationandlearning.aspx.