Number of appeals lodged against school place decisions in Norfolk rises by almost 100


Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: EDP, Archant

The number of appeals against school place decisions in Norfolk has risen by almost 100.

In 2016/17, 517 appeals were lodged against local authority run primary and secondary school place decisions in Norfolk, compared to 425 in 2015/16, according to new figures from the Department for Education.

The 517 breaks down into 321 at primary level and 196 at secondary, and is part of the 24,532 admissions at both stages during the year.

On National Offer Day for primary schools in April, nine out of 10 parents - 93pc in Suffolk and 94pc in Norfolk - across the region achieved their first-choice place.

Of the 321 primary appeals, 84 were heard and 10 were decided in the parents' favour.

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At secondary level, 132 of the 196 were heard, and 33 were decided for parents.

In Suffolk, the number of appeals fell – from 423 in 2015/16 to 379 in 2016/17.

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Nationally, the proportion of upheld appeals has barely changed - from 22.3pc last year to 21.8pc this year.

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