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Gloucestershire primary school places: almost 90 per cent offered first preference

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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THE wait over for hundreds of parents in Gloucestershire who find out which primary school their child has been offered today.

All 6,725 applicants across the county have been allocated a space with close to 90 per cent of those being offered their first preference.

Parent Nicola Payne, from Abbeymead, said: "I am waiting for the decision of my second child to start primary school.

"This decision is important as I want her to attend the same school as sister.

"It is important she is at our first choice school as these early years of schooling will lay the foundations for her future."

Gloucestershire County Council will be contacting parents to let them know the placement for their child starting education in September 2014.

Councillor Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is always a particularly stressful time for parents but our teams work very hard to try to ensure that as many pupils as possible get one of their preferences.

“I hope that all children settle into their new schools in September and have a happy start to their formal education.”

This year, 97 per cent of applications were made online and these parents will receive an email confirming the school place after 9am tomorrow.

Those who submitted a paper application will be told by post.

Parents and carers who are not offered their first preference will also receive written confirmation of the allocated school in post.

Reply forms must be submitted by Wednesday, April 30.

Charlotte Jones, Senior Admissions Manager, said: "I would encourage parents to complete and return their reply forms as soon as possible.

"We anticipate that most parents will be happy with the place offered to them. For those who aren't, I would urge them to keep their allocated place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome, their child will have a place at a Gloucestershire school."

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  • vvvein  |  June 05 2014, 9:10AM

    When I chose the best educational establishment for my children I usually make a real research reading some information in the internet but the most important factor for me is experience and recommendations of the people who have already studied at this school. When I eventually found the right place for my younger daughter I realized that we should also prepare for entering it. So I tried to help my elder daughter will her entering college essays (thanks to this website http://tinyurl.com/nryw84j that helped us) and give my Betty some basic knowledge. It was crazy time, but now they are all happy to be where they are.

  • Hadagmaja  |  April 17 2014, 2:41AM

    Sadly, many of my friends are disappointed with their allocation. However, many chose to only list one school as a preference and thereby resulting in them being offered the schools no one else wants miles away from home. Read the admissions guidance people!

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