Published Monday, 16th April 2018

Primary school admission figures for entry in September 2018 reveal that 94.2 per cent of York children having been given their first preference.

City of York Council’s figures published today (16 April 2018) show that 99.4 per cent of pupils got one of their first three preferences. The percentage of children achieving their first preference has increased by 1.3 per cent between 2017 and 2018.

The percentage of online applications for primary school places has continued to increase. Parents who applied online will be notified of their child’s place by email at 10am today (16 April), letters are being posted today to parents and those with online accounts can log in to the council’s parent portal at www.york.gov.uk/parentportal.

In 2018 all children within the local authority area have secured a primary school place. The majority of children got one of their first three preferences; with the number of children whose preferences were not able to be met being reduced from 25 in 2017 to11 in 2018.

This year’s admissions figures, compared with last year’s are outlined below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2018

 

 

qty

%

qty

%

 

1st

1828

92.9%

1821

94.2%

 

2nd

78

4.0%

92

4.8%

 

3rd

29

1.5%

8

0.4%

 

4th

6

0.3%

1

0.1%

 

5th

2

0.1%

0

0.0%

 

Other

25

1.3%

11

0.6%

 

Total

1968

100.0%

1933

100.0%

 

Applied Online

1825

92.7%

1826

94.5%

 

 

The total size of the cohort starting school in September 2018 is 1,935 pupils, down from 1,968 last year. Our pupil forecasts estimated there would be 1,958 reception pupils city-wide for the start of the next school year, but with late applications we expect numbers to reach our forecast.

The cohorts starting school in 2019 and 2020 are expected to be a similar size to 2018 but not as large as those in 2014 and 2015.

Councillor Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, said: “Our schools in York continue to provide an educational experience that is among the best in the UK. It’s a reason why many families choose to settle in the city.

“We are committed to maintaining the highest standards while meeting growing demand for places. Our partnership with all schools ensures parents have an effective, city-wide coordinated admissions process.”

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