Over 97% of children across Kent will start their formal education in 2019 at a primary school named by their parents on their application.
That figure – 16,839 children in all – includes 15,450 who were offered their first preference. This takes the percentage of first-choice placements to over 89%.
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Roger Gough, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, said: “following a successful Secondary National Offer Day, officers have continued to work hard to ensure that as many pupils secured one of their preferred Primary schools and we are pleased to see so many families get a favourable offer.
More than 97% of families got a place at one of their chosen schools.
Children found out on April 16th which primary school they have been offered a place at.
Parents accept their school place offers or seek alternatives if they are not happy with their allocation.
Despite the increase in application numbers, it is likely there will be considerable movement on school waiting lists before September as some families don’t take up places they’ve been offered.
Kent County Council advises parents and guardians to approach the school they have been offered with an open mind but to remember they have the option to join a waiting list for an alternative school or lodge an appeal.