AROUND 94 per cent of families have been offered places at one of their preferred primary schools in Reading this year.
Applications were received for 2,254 children for the start of the September 2017 term, compared with 2,239 last year, and all on-time applicants have been offered a place.
First preference places were offered to 77.5 per cent (1,751) of pupils, while 10.1 per cent (228) received offers for their second choice school and 3.8 per cent (87) for third choice.
Reading Borough Council recently completed its £61 million expansion programme to create 2,500 additional primary school places, with the opening of Civitas Academy, in Great Knollys Street, in February.
Cllr Tony Jones, Lead Member for Education, said:
“The completion of the Council’s £61 million primary school expansion programme earlier this year has enabled the authority to offer every child a school place for September.
“The number of applications for primary school places in Reading continues to grow every year but we have been consistent with the number of pupils offered one of their top three preferences.
“There will always be some families who are disappointed but a vast majority of children will be going to one of their favoured school in September.”
The allocations for primary school places for September 2017 are:
1st preference: 77.5 per cent
2nd preference: 10.1 per cent
3rd preference: 3.81 per cent
4th preference: 2.17 per cent
Diverts (children not offered a place in one of their four preferred schools): 6.2 per cent
Notes to Editors
• Reading Borough Council worked with Hampshire County Council and contractors Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try, Midas and Whitescape to deliver the School Expansion Programme which was designed to cope with a huge increase in the population of 0 – 4-years-old in Reading.
• Schools included in the expansion project were: Alfred Sutton Primary, Churchend Primary, Civitas Academy, EP Collier, Geoffrey Field Infant and Junior Schools, Ridgeway Primary, Ranikhet Primary, Southcote Primary, St Michael’s Primary, Thameside Primary, St Martins CofE Primary and Newtown Primary.