More reception age children in Cornwall offered their first preference school this year

Parents of reception age children across Cornwall found out today which school their child has been allocated for September, with the majority being offered their first preference.

Cornwall Council received 5,486 applications for reception places for pupils to start school in September 2018. Of those, 5221 (95.2%) have been offered a place at their first preference school, an increase on last year’s figure of 93.4%.

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Nearly 99% of applicants have been offered a place at a school they named as one of three preferences on their application form. In light of the increasing pressure on primary school places across the country this is good news for children and families in Cornwall.

“We’re pleased so many children and families have the news they wanted on National Offer Day,” said Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing.

“Thanks go to the School Admissions Team for their hard work in co-ordinating this process and to schools for their support in ensuring as many children as possible attend their preferred school.” 

Cornwall Council recognises, however, that some families may be disappointed by their allocation for this September. Areas in Cornwall experiencing particular pressure on reception places this year include Newquay and Bude. 

Cornwall has 226 schools with reception classes and this year 72 of those are full after the first round of allocations compared to 92 at this time last year.

“Cornwall Council will continue to plan for the demand on places to ensure as many children as possible can go to their preferred school now and in the future,” said Sharon Hindley, Head of Education Access and Sufficiency.

The number of oversubscribed schools is expected to increase as late applications for places are processed over the next few weeks.  Late applications are always a concern for the Council as they reduce the chance of families getting a preferred school. The School Admissions Team, in partnership with the Family Information Service, works hard each year to get the message out to families through various channels including social media and early years settings, but they have still received more than 130 late applications so far this year.

Posted on 16 April