Parents find out about school places

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The vast majority of pupils starting at a Bridlington primary school later this year have secured a place at their first choice.

Parents were told on Tuesday morning where their children will be going in September, with 96% across the East Riding getting their preferred school.

Letters and emails were sent out to more than 3,180 applicants, and only 25 did not get a place at one of their top three choices. They have been given a spot at their nearest catchment area school.

Cllr Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “At a time when many areas in the country are facing real difficulties in finding enough primary school places, it is good to see that we are still able to give most parents places for their children at the schools they want.

“Getting the balance right between the number of school places and the expected demand for these places is always difficult, even more so at times when the resources available for schools and school buildings are very limited.”

Kevin Hall, the council’s director of children, families and schools, added: “The outcomes of this year’s admissions round confirm that, overwhelmingly, the schools in the East Riding continue to offer parents what they really want for their children - a good education at a local school.”

East Riding Council said 21 of their 118 primary and infant schools are oversubscribed.

But all 480 East Riding residents who applied for their children to transfer from an infant school to Year Three at one of the six junior schools, such as Burlington in Bridlington, got places at the junior school they named as their first choice.

Only 24 East Riding children will be going to primary schools in other local authority areas, while 184 children living elsewhere will be travelling to East Riding schools.

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