18 April 2016

Nearly 88% of city families offered first choice primary school

Nearly 88% of Brighton & Hove families applying for reception age school places in September 2016 have been offered their first choice school.

Overall, more than 97% have been allocated one of their preferred schools this year.

The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Tom Bewick, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to offer the vast majority of local families their first choice school.

“As a father of three children myself I know just how important school place allocations are for our residents.”

The figures for this year (2016-17) are:

First preferences allocated           2,470 pupils or 87.9%

Second preferences allocated      197 pupils or 7%

Third preferences allocated          67 pupils or 2.4%

Direction (= no preference met)    75 (2.4%) pupils

Total applications                        2809

The figures for last year (2015-6) were:

First preferences allocated           2,509 pupils or 87.8%

Second preferences allocated      172 pupils or 6%

Third preferences allocated          60 pupils or 2.1%

Direction (= no preference met)    117 (4.1%) pupils

Total applications                        2858.