More than 95 per cent of children will go to first choice primary school

Apr 16, 2019 | Local News

More than 95 per cent of children in County Durham will go to their first choice of primary school this September.

Out of the 5,165 applications received, 4,924 have been offered a place at their first choice school, 181 their second preference and 26 their third.

Richard Crane, Durham County Council’s head of education and skills, said: “For many parents it can be a daunting time when their sons and daughters are starting school, so we are pleased to be able to offer so many children their first choice.”

This year only 35 children were not accepted at one of their top three preferred schools, but all children who applied have been given a place in the county.

Parents who applied online have been informed of the school place offered via email today (16 April). Those who applied in other ways will be informed via a letter.

For more information about primary school places visit http://www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions