Primary school places confirmed for parents across Cornwall

Parents of children that are due to start school in a reception class in September across Cornwall have been discovering which school their child has been allocated, with the majority being offered their first preference.

Cornwall Council received 5555 applications for reception places for September 2019. Of those, 5265 have been offered a place at their first preference school, which is almost 95% of the total applicants.

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In total over 98% of applicants have been offered a place at a school they named as one of their three preferences. In light of the increasing pressure on primary school places across the country this is good news for children and families in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “Competition for school places is growing and we are pleased so many children and families have the news they wanted on National Offer Day.   

“A lot of hard work goes into coordinating this process and I would like to thank the School Admissions Team and the schools across Cornwall for their support in ensuring as many children as possible can attend their preferred school.”

Cornwall Council recognises, however, that some families may be disappointed by their allocation for this September. Cornwall has 227 schools with reception classes and this year 78 of those are full after the first round of allocations compared to 72 at this time last year.

Head of Education Access and Sufficiency, Sharon Hindley, added: “We recognise there are some areas where competition for places is very high and that’s why over the last ten years Cornwall Council has invested more than 75 million pounds into the infrastructure of schools in Cornwall, creating an additional 2,500 new pupil places.

“We are continuing to plan for the demand on places in the future to ensure as many children as possible can access a place at a local school, if they wish to.”

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 97 late applications so far this year.

Sally Hawken concluded: “We have seen a drop in the number of late applications, but it is still higher than we would like.  We will continue to work with parents, schools and early years settings to try and bring this figure down further.”

Posted on 16 April