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Majority of parents in Wakefield have secure first choice primary school for their child.

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Parents across the city with youngsters starting reception class in September find out today (Monday) which school they have been allocated.

Parents were asked to submit their top five preferences before mid-January this year. Though the proportion of families getting their first choice schools in Wakefield has slightly increased from 92.1 per cent last year, a total of 356 children have missed out on their parents’ number one choice.

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Beate Wagner, Wakefield Council’s Corporate Director for Children and Young People, said: “All children have been allocated a place and more than 93 per cent will be going to their parents’ first choice of school, an increase on last year.

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“We work hard to meet parental preferences and have an appeals process for anyone who is not happy with their allocation. Our priority is always to make sure that we provide the best education we can for all children in the district.”

Figures breakdown

*Number of applications for primary school places in Wakefield for 2018/19 academic year – 4059

*Number allocated first choice school – 3803 (93.69 per cent)

*Second choice preference met – 132 (3.25 per cent)

*Third choice preference met – 24 (0.59 per cent)

*Fourth choice preference met – 6 (0.15 per cent)

*Fifth choice preference met – 0

*No preferences met with alternative school allocated – 94 (2.32 per cent)

Have you been offered your first choice school for your child?