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National Primary Offer Day delight for Central Bedfordshire pupils

18 April 2017

Children across Central Bedfordshire are today discovering where they will be starting school or transferring to middle school in September.

And it’s great news for almost everyone with 95.6% of the 3,371 pupils who applied for a place at a lower or primary school in Central Bedfordshire for the 2017/18 academic year granted their first preference.

That continues the upward trend here with 94% getting their first preference school last year and 92.5% on 2015.

Of those on-time applicants that didn’t, 2.9% got their second preference, 0.6% achieved their third preference and the remaining 0.9% will be allocated an alternative school which has places available.

Meanwhile, 94.4% of the 2,482 Central Bedfordshire pupils transferring to middle school were offered their first preference.

A further 2.7% have received their second preference and 0.2% their third preference school.

Sue Harrison, our Director of Children’s Services, said: “I know that this is always a nervous time of year for many families so I am delighted that so many of them have received their first-preference school.

“Our school admissions team works incredibly hard to make sure that as many on-time applicants as possible receive their first preference and this is reflected in the continual rise here in the numbers of children who do.

“We did a lot of work to encourage families to apply on time – and also to do so online as anyone applying this way will be the first to know. So I am very pleased that 88 per cent of all starting school applications and 94% of transfer to middle applications were made this way.”

All online applicants have received an email with their offer, with offer letters being sent out by second-class post today.

Anyone who wishes to change the place their child has been offered needs to submit a change of preference form by 2 May. These will then be considered – along with any late applications – on 5 June.

Find out more about starting school offers

Find out more about transferring to middle school offers

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