More miss out on first choice – but school places for all in Suffolk

Suffolk County Council's base at Endeavour House

Suffolk County Council's base at Endeavour House - Credit: Archant

The number of applicants who have missed out on their first choice primary school for next year in Suffolk has risen in 2015 – but every child will be offered a place in a primary school somewhere.

Just over 90% of applicants in Suffolk got their child into their first choice primary school – down from just under 92% last year.

That meant 776 families were disappointed this year – up from 616 last year. However the total number of families getting their first choice increased from 7,016 to 7,152. The number of applications across the county increased from 7,632 to 7,928.

The number of people who failed to get any of their top three choices increased from 168 to 221 – but a spokesman for Suffolk County Council said no children were left without a school.

He said: “We have found schools for every applicant. Sometimes there parents look for popular schools outside the applicant’s catchment area and we are able to find them places nearby.”

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