100% of Northumberland children get a top choice primary school
17 Apr 2018 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
All children in Northumberland have been allocated a place at one of the top three schools of their choice - with the percentage receiving their first choice the highest in the north east.
Primary school places were announced yesterday and 97% of families have received their first choice - with less than 3% receiving their second or third preferences. Every child who has applied has been allocated one of their top three preferences.
The figures for primary school places are:
First preference - 97.3% (2,919)
Second preference - 2.4% (75)
Third preference - 0.3% (6)
This news adds to the great figures for secondary school places that were announced on 1st March this year, when again 100% of students received one of their top choices and nearly 98% got their first choice of place.
The breakdown for each preference for secondary school places was:
First preference - 97.86% (4,168)
Second preference - 1.85% (79)
Third preference - 0.29% (9)
This compared very favourably with national figures which showed that around 84% of pupils were offered their first choice of secondary school and around 95% one of their top three secondary schools, putting Northumberland higher than the national average.
Cllr Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council said: “These school place allocation figures are some of the best ever seen in Northumberland, and are great news for our young people and their families.
"The council is committed to investing in education and school development and we are increasing capacity and improving facilities for pupils within our schools . We want every child in Northumberland to have the best possible educational opportunities.”
Last December the council announced investment in capacity in a number of schools - with 105 additional places created at New Delaval Primary School in Blyth; 210 additional places at Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth; 144 places at Whytrig Middle School in Seaton Valley; and 120 places at Chantry Middle School in Morpeth.
And more recently the council’s cabinet has agreed to the creation of 83 new places for children with Special Educational Needs - 50 places at The Dales School through a satellite site in Ashington, and 32 at Hexham Priory School by expanding the school building.