Ninety-eight per cent of parents in Swindon who applied for a primary school place have been offered one of their three preferred choices.
Of the 2,729 on-time applications received by Swindon Borough Council, 92% were matched with their first choice – up from 91% last year.
And 98% of parents have been given one of their three preferences, compared to 97% last year. The improved statistics were also achieved despite the local authority receiving more applications this year. Last year 2,666 primary school place applications were received.
A total of 2,406 applications were made online by the deadline of 15 January and parents who did so received an email on Wednesday 16 April notifying them of the school place allocated to their child. Letters have also been sent out to all parents with the outcome of the application process.
Applicants who submitted their preferences after the deadline were offered a place at the next nearest school with a place available at that time, if their preferred school was oversubscribed at that point. However, the admissions team have been able to offer most late applications their preferred school.
Priority for places was determined by the admission criteria for the school in question.