99% of families ‘get school of their choice’

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MORE than 99 per cent of Devon families have won a place in one of their preferred primary schools this September.

Figures published on Tuesday April 19 revealed that 7,242 applications were made across the county: 7,189 families have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

The new figures show that 97 per cent of the families who applied to Devon County Council for a place in a county primary have got their first preference, another 2.1 per cent were offered their second preference and 0.2 per cent their third preference.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, Andrew Leadbetter, said: ‘We have been working hard to expand the number of places that are available and it is therefore very gratifying that we have been able to accommodate the vast majority of children in their preferred school.

‘Our teams have managed a high number of applications and finalised the allocation of places ahead of the national deadline.

‘This is a testament to the hard work of the dedicated staff who work in our admissions and school place planning teams’.

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