Bradford – Almost nine out of 10 families in the Bradford district who applied for a primary school place this year have been allocated their first-choice school for their child.
The proportion granted their first preference primary school was 88.63% – up by 2.5% from last year. Over 96% of applicants received one of their top three preferences.
And the improved picture is also shown by a fall in the proportion of families who were allocated against preference. The proportion of families given a school which they did not name among their preferences was 2.15% – down by 1.18% on last year’s figure.
The percentages are as follows:
Received 1st preference: 88.63%
2nd preference: 6.15%
3rd preference: 1.85%
4th preference: 0.77%
5th preference: 0.46%
Against preference: 2.15%
Bradford Council’s admissions team encourages parents to put forward five preferences to maximise their chances of getting a preferred school and suggests that applying electronically is the easiest option whenever possible.
This year there was a 4% rise in the proportion of applications submitted online and these applicants received an email on Saturday, 16 April offering them their school place.
Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children’s Services, said: “Over 96% of families have received one of their top three preferences and it’s good news that more families in the district have been able to gain a place at their preferred schools this year. We understand how important it is to families to send their children to the schools they want to attend and we will always work together with families as best we can to ensure they get a preferred school place whenever possible.
“We have also worked very hard in recent years to increase the number of primary school places across the district and we are doing the same at secondary level as we plan ahead for where the demand for places will be in future.”