Hampshire County Council says children get the schools they want

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A HIGH percentage of children are gaining a place at the primary school of their parents’ choice, according to Hampshire County Council.

The authority says 97.2 per cent of parents applying for a reception place got one of their three preferred schools, with 89.9 per cent getting a place at their first choice.

A total of 98.53 per cent of children going from infant to junior schools got their preferred choice, with 97.08 obtaining a place at their first choice.

The authority’s admissions service handled more than 33,000 primary school and secondary school places this year.

Last week the government announced £9.7m will be handed to the authority to help address the pressures on primary school places, and the council says the funds will be used to focus on areas across the county that have seen the greatest increases in demand on primary school places.

Deputy leader Cllr Roy Perry said he was pleased with the results and will continue to support those parents who did not get their first choice.