Record number of children receive preferred school places in Bracknell and Wokingham

Published: 22 Apr 2014 09:150 comments

DESPITE rising pressure on places, there has been an increase in the number of children in Bracknell and Wokingham offered places at one of their preferred primary schools.

In Bracknell Forest, a record number – 1,472 – were last week offered one of their top three preferred schools, for places starting

this September, representing 97% of appli-


This was 1% up on last year, with 87% of applicants receiving offers for their first-choice school from Bracknell Forest Council

The 3% of children who did not get offers for one of their three choices were offered alternative schools.

All children at infant schools who applied to transfer to the corresponding junior school were successful.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We know that it is important for parents to have a choice about where their child goes to school and so it is pleasing to see that 97% of applicants have been allocated a place at one of their chosen schools.

“Just like other local authorities, there is pressure on our schools and the demand for school places remains high, however, significant investment to expand our schools across the borough means that very nearly all children have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools this year.”

In the application process for places starting in September, parents have to list primary, infant or nursery schools, in order of preference, that they would like their child to attend. In Bracknell Forest, they name the top three and in Wokingham borough the top four.

In Wokingham, 98% of children received offers for one of their top four choices. More than 2,000 applications were made to Wokingham Borough Council, up 5% from last year.

Some 86% got their first-choice school – an improvement of 3% on last year – while 8% received offers for their second choices, 3% for their third and 1% for their fourth.

Parents in Bracknell Forest and Wokingham have until Wednesday, April 30, to accept or decline their offers.

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