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Brighton Journal | 20th October 2019

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Good news for primary school parents

Good news for primary school parents
Hannah Midgley

Over 91% of parents in Brighton whose children are due to start primary school this year have been offered a place at their first preference.

Nearly all parents (99.4%) were offered at least one of the three schools that they chose, which is the highest percentage ever in Brighton.

“Out of 2,561 applications, only 15 were not offered one of their preferences.”

Parents are usually asked to send applications off at the start of the autumn term, with the deadline falling on the 15th of January.

Schools will outline the order in which they will select children for a place, which often looks like this:

  1. Looked after children
  2. Children with special needs that can only be met by that school
  3. Children with siblings already in the school
  4. Children who live closest to the school (which can, in many areas, mean more-or-less spitting distance, especially if there are lots of siblings taking preference).

Apart from The London Oratory Junior House no state primary school selects pupils based upon ability or aptitude.

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