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95.5% of children get first choice of primary school

Published Friday, 16 April 2021

Primary school admission figures for entry in September 2021 reveal that 95.5% of York children (1,674 children) have been allocated their first preference of school.

This is an increase of just over 1% on last year’s figures.

City of York Council’s figures published today, 16 April, show that:

  • 99.5% of pupils got one of their 5 preferences
  • all of the 143 pupils who applied for a place at York’s junior schools (from Year 3) got their first choice

Parents who applied online can find out where their child has been allocated a place by logging into their online Parent Portal account today.

Parents who made written applications will receive a letter confirming their admission arrangements.

Anyone who didn’t receive their first choice of school will also receive written information.

School admissions figures

We've provided this year's and last year's admission figures as a comparison.

Primary school figures 2021

Preference Quantity Per cent
First 1674 95.5%
Second 53 3.0%
Third 14 0.8%
Fourth 2 0.1%
Fifth 1 0.1%
Other 9 0.5%
Total 1753 100%

Primary school figures 2020

Preference Quantity Per cent
First 1753 94.2%
Second 63 3.4%
Third 18 1.0%
Fourth 6 0.3%
Fifth 1 0.1%
Other 19 1.0%
Total 1860 100%

Junior school figures 2021

Preference Quantity Per cent
First 143 100%
Second 0 0%
Third 0 0%
Fourth 0 0%
Fifth 0 0%
Other 0 0%
Total 143 100%

Junior school figures 2020

Preference Quantity Per cent
First 143 100%
Second 0 0%
Third 0 0%
Fourth 0 0%
Fifth 0 0%
Other 0 0%
Total 143 100%

The total size of the cohort starting school in September 2021 is 1,753 pupils, compared to 1,860 last year.

9 pupils didn’t get any of their preferences. These were largely made up of parents or carers who did not apply for their child’s catchment school - despite being advised to do so - preferring instead to apply for schools a considerable distance from their home.

Councillor Keith Orrell, Executive Member for Education, Children and Young People, said:

I’m delighted that so many children will be able to attend their first choice of primary school this year. Starting primary school is such an exciting milestone. I wish all those starting a new school in September the very best of luck.

Any parent whose children may be eligible for free school meals – one of a number of benefits that come with applying for the pupil premium – should apply through their online Parent Portal account.