Slight fall in proportion of Norfolk children gaining place at first-choice primary school

James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council's Children's Services Committee.

James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council's Children's Services Committee. - Credit: Archant

A total of 92pc of Norfolk children due to start at primary school next year have secured a place at their first choice.

The number represents a 0.1 percentage point drop on the number in 2015, but comes at a time when the number of children applying for places rose by 223 to 9,528, compared to last year.

In 2014, 94.4pc of children in Norfolk were offered their first preference.

The figures still left 276 Norfolk children without a place at any of their top three preferences - more than double the number in 2014.

James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council's Children's Services Committee, said it has been 'another record year for primary school admissions in Norfolk'.

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He added: 'We have worked hard to find these extra places for youngsters to help as many families as possible.

'We are expecting numbers to continue to rise in the future, and have managed to keep up with increasing demand over recent years not only by building new classrooms but also reorganising primary education in some areas of the county.'

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In Suffolk, 90.7pc of children secured a place at their preferred school, compared to 90.2pc last year.

Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, said: 'At a time when many areas across the UK are facing real issues in finding enough primary school places, it is good to see that we are able to give most parents places for their children at the schools they want.'

In Cambridgeshire, 91.7pc of children gained their first preference, compared to 90.1pc in 2015.

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