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TOP MARKS: Over 87 per cent of Hertfordshire kids get their first ranked primary school

 Published on: 19th April 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hertfordshire County Council have announced that just over 87 per cent of Under-11s children in the area have been allocated a place at their first-choice primary school for 2022.

Of the 13,791 applications for spots in the county, 13, 473 (97 per cent) received a place at their ranked list of schools. Of that number, 12, 078 received the school at the top of the list.

Now, including those who have received allocations into some of the county’s junior and middle schools, that means over 16, 446 families across Hertfordshire will be informed of their school place offer either today or tomorrow, with parents and carers who have confirmed their email address receiving information this afternoon, with further information to made available at this link.

Director of Education at HCC, Simon Newland, said: “Giving every child the best possible start in life by securing a place at a good school is all part of our vision to ensure healthy and fulfilling lives for our residents.

“Given the growth in the primary school population over the last decade, we have been committed to ensuring that we have the right number of school places in the right locations.

“While I appreciate that a small number of parents may be disappointed with the school they have been allocated, I would encourage them to visit the school and speak to the headteacher before dismissing the offered place. They may be pleasantly surprised by what they see.”

All those who haven’t received their first choice school will be automatically placed on a list expressing their continuing interest at places at schools higher on the their ranked list than their current allocated one.

Any new applications should be made to HCC. Places must be fully accepted by May 3 this year, which is also the last day to opt out of the continuing interest list. Further information can be found on the council website.

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