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82% of Surrey pupils offered their first choice primary school

More than four in five Surrey reception class applicants have been offered their first preference school as demand for places reaches a new high.

Figures from Surrey County Council on primary school ‘national offer day’ show that 82.4% of Surrey pupils were offered the school they put first on their list – down slightly on last year’s 83.1%.

The number applying for reception class places rose by 279 to a record 13,827 – more than enough to fill a new one-form primary school.

Primary education in Surrey covers infant and junior levels.

Figures for applications to reception in September 2016 show:

* 82.4% of Surrey applicants were offered their first preference school – down from 83.1% last year
* 94% of Surrey applicants were offered one of their top three preferences – down from 94.2% last year
* All Surrey pupils who needed a place got one
* 13,827 Surrey residents applied for places – up 2% from 13,548 last year

Figures for junior applications for September 2016 show:

* 90.3% of Surrey applicants were offered their first preference school – up from 90% last year
* 95.2% of Surrey applicants were offered one of their top three preferences – the same as last year
* All Surrey pupils who needed a place got one

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “We’re pleased that more than four in five Surrey children seeking reception places have got into the primary school they wanted despite another rise this year in the number of applications.

“There has been a small decline in the proportion being offered their first preference school which may be linked to the increase in demand for places we’re seeing in Surrey. Ninety per cent of Surrey primary schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

“Over the next five years, we know we need to find a further 11,000 places across our primary and secondary schools but it is getting harder and harder to pay for them because rising demand is not being matched by extra funding from the Government.”

* The table below shows the number of offers made by each school to Surrey parents who named the school as their first preference, second preference and third preference. Surrey parents can state four preferences in total. In addition, offers may have been made to applicants who live outside the county.


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