Northumberland tops primary offers table

Virtually all Northumberland parents have gained their top preference of first or primary school on National Offers Day.

First preference of place went to 98% of parents who applied on time, and 99.9% of parents have been offered one of their top three preferences.

Figures for Northumberland have improved year on year, with fewer children receiving second preferences this year than in 2018 or 2017.

The admissions portal opened at midnight last night and parents who applied online will receive an email with a link to the portal.  Others will receive a written offer.

Dean Jackson, director of education and skills at the council said:  “This is great news for the vast majority of Northumberland parents.

“The council is working hard to ensure that there are enough school places for children in their catchment schools, and this outcome on National Offers Day for primary schools is testament to this work.”

Northumberland’s school admissions team will assume that parents’ wish to accept their school place unless they advise otherwise.  Should you wish to refuse a place please contact the team, giving your child's name DOB and reason for refusal, before 1st May 2019.

Parents who wish to query their offers, or ask other questions, should email schooladmissions@northumberland.gov.uk.  You can also phone the team on 01670 624889 - however please be aware that we are receiving a high number of calls today, so you may need to leave a message and the team will call you back.  

Statistics for Northumberland on National Offers Day are:

2019:

Numbers of applications made on time: 2,784

Number of 1st preferences allocated: 2,729 (98%)
Number of 2nd preferences allocated: 50 (1.8%)
Number of 3rd preferences allocated: 3 (0.1%)
Number of 4th preferences allocated: 2 (0.1%)

2018:

Numbers of applications made on time: 2,997

Number of 1st preferences allocated: 2,919 (97.3%)
Number of 2nd preferences allocated: 72 (2.4%)
Number of 3rd preferences allocated: 6 (0.3%)
Number of 4th preferences allocated: Zero

2017:

Numbers of applications made on time:  2,505

Number of 1st preferences allocated:  2,436 (97.2%)
Number of 2nd preferences allocated: 62 (2.5%)
Number of 3rd preferences allocated: 7 (0.3%)
Number of 4th preferences allocated: Zero
 
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