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Over 98% of Northumberland parents gain their first choice of primary school

The vast majority parents in Northumberland have gained their top choice of first or primary school on National Offers Day for September 2021.
First preference of place went to 98.4% of parents who applied on time, 1% higher than last year, and this year all parents have been offered one of their top three preferences.
The admissions portal opened at midnight last night and parents who applied online received an email with a link to the portal.  Other parents will have received a written offer.  
Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director of Adults and Children's Services at Northumberland County Council said: “This is great news for Northumberland parents and carers. In recent years we have seen Northumberland continue to achieve a very high level of first preference offers to parents, and this has improved again this year.
“We work really hard to ensure that there are enough school places available in the catchment schools for children, and this is testament to the hard work being done by the school admissions team to ensure enough primary school places are made available.  
“I am delighted with this outcome.”
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, date of birth and reason for refusal, before 1st May 2021.
Parents who wish to get in touch to query their offers, or ask questions, can email  Due to the high volume of emails received at this time, it may take up to 10 working days to respond.
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