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Primary Offer Day: 98% offered a preference school place

More than 98% of children who are starting school in West Sussex this September are today being offered a place at one of their preferred primary schools, with more than 91% offered their first preference school.

National Primary Offer Day is today (Friday, 16 April) and this year West Sussex County Council’s Admissions Team managed 8,881 applications, with every child found a primary school place.

This year in West Sussex:

• 98.7% of those who applied were offered one of their three preferences, a slight increase from last year (98.5%)
• 91.5% were offered their first preference school, again an increase on the 90.8% last year.

Emailed offers should arrived before 5pm today so parents and carers shouldn’t be alarmed if they haven’t received theirs yet.

Ellie Evans, Assistant Director for Education and Skills and Head of Admissions, said: “Starting school is such an exciting time for every child and their family so I am delighted that such a high percentage of children have been provided a place at one of their preference schools.

“This year has of course been extremely difficult for all of our schools and families because of the pandemic, so I hope children and their parents and carers can now begin to prepare and look forward to September.”

The Council’s Admissions Team also managed a total of 1,444 applications for children transferring from infant to junior school. Of those, 100% will today be offered one of their three preferences, with 99.9% offered their first preference school, also up on last year’s figures.

A very small number of pupils will not be offered a place at one of their preference schools. We are advising parents, carers and students who wish to discuss their offer to contact our admissions teams, who are available to talk through their options:

Call 033 301 42903 or send an email to the Admissions Team North: admissions.north@westsussex.gov.uk or the Admissions Team South: admissions.south@westsussex.gov.uk.

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