Majority of Sheffield children get preferred school place - but some miss out

Jayne Ludlam.
Jayne Ludlam.

The majority of Sheffield children have been given a place at a primary school of their choice - but about 75 have missed out.

In total 6, 014 youngsters received a preferred place - 98.75 per cent of all those that applied in the city.

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In addition 93.71 have been given a place at their first choice of schools.

Both figures were slightly better than last years.

However about 75 kids have not got a place at one of the three schools they wanted to go to in September.

Jayne Ludlam, executive director of people services at Sheffield Council, was sympathetic to those families who have missed out.

She said: “Despite the ongoing pressure on primary places I’m pleased that Sheffield continues to perform well for its families and this is reflective of all the hard work over recent years to add school places where they are most needed.

“However my heart goes out to those children and families who have not got a school of their choosing, I understand and know how upsetting that can be.

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"Our admissions team are working with these families to ensure they have a school place for September. We will continue to do all we can to make sure there are great local school places for all.

“I would urge anyone who is not happy with their school place to get in touch with our admissions team for advice.”

These children will start at their new school in September.

Children who were not allocated any of their three preferences have either been referred to their catchment school or been allocated the nearest primary school with places available.

Parents also have the right to appeal and these will be processed in June and July.

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Earlier this year 6, 187 children were given a place at a secondary school of their choice - which equated to about 97 per cent of everyone that applied.