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Most parents get their first choice primary school place in Stafford, Stone and Rugeley

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

Most parents get their first choice primary school place in Stafford, Stone and Rugeley

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NINE out of 10 parents in Stafford, Stone and Rugeley have been offered their first choice primary school for their youngsters.

Figures show the majority of parents were allocated their first choice school, with 97 per cent given one of their top three preferred schools.

A total of 8,867 places have been allocated, with 8,167 of those receiving their first choice primary school and 8,674 getting one of their top three.

Parents will be receiving letters about the results from today onwards. Those who applied on the internet will be able to access the decision online today.

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A rise in birth rate of up to 11 per cent in Staffordshire over the last decade has put more pressure on school places.

The county council has received £81 million from the government’s basic need allocation up to 2017 to increase capacity across the county. Already, officers have managed to provide an extra 2,000 primary school places across the county through expanding existing schools and building two new ones.

With birth rates set to rise again and a planned increase in housing, the county council is now looking to build more primary and secondary schools in the areas where they are most needed. The total forecasted spend on this will be in the region of £120 million, funded by government and developer contributions.

County Councillor Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills, said: “Despite the rise in birth rates and the extra pressures on primary school places in the county, through careful managing of the admissions process and the extra capacity we are putting in Staffordshire schools, we have managed to ensure the majority of parents are offered one of their top three places.

“We have already added capacity in Burton, Huntington, Fradley, Lichfield and Stafford either by making better use of existing accommodation or through building new schools, and this will continue for the next few years.

“These pressures on school places makes the fact that we have given over 92 per cent of parents their first choice school all the more remarkable. Our work isn’t finished yet. As the population is set to rise again over the next 10 years, we are drawing up more plans to ensure schools in Staffordshire have enough capacity to cope with increasing demand, and parents still have a choice when it comes to their child’s education.”

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