Over 96% of parents who submitted applications for reception class places on time secured a place at one of their preferred infant or primary schools – with 87.5% getting their first choice school.
Figures released today (Monday 18 April, 2016) show that 2,968 of the 3,392 on time applicants were allocated a place at their first choice school, while in total 96.4% of on-time applicants received a place at one of their preferred schools.
Some 128 late applications were received. With these included, the number of children allocated a place at their first choice school falls slightly to 85.8%.
Julien Kramer, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Education, said: “Wolverhampton’s schools are more popular than ever, with more good or outstanding-rated schools and increasing demand for places. This reflects well on the improving standard of education in our city.
“It is pleasing to see that so many parents have secured reception class places for their children at either their first choice school or at one of their preferred schools.
“There are unfortunately always going to be some parents and pupils disappointed because they haven’t got a place at the school they wanted. I’d like to reassure them that we will be operating waiting lists over the coming months and if places become available they will be reallocated. Parents who are unhappy with the allocation can also appeal to an independent panel.”
He added: “The figures released today show how important it is that parents and guardians get their applications in on time, as missing the deadline can significantly affect their chances of securing a place at their preferred school as we rightly should give priority to people who have applied by the deadline.”
Any parents of children due to start in reception class this autumn who haven’t yet applied for a place should do so immediately by calling the council's school admissions team on 01902 551122.