Increase in children securing place at chosen primary school

Increase in children securing place at chosen primary school

More than 98 per cent of pupils in Wigan Borough will be starting reception later this year at one of their preferred primary schools.

Overall 98.8 per cent of pupils have had one of their preferences met, an increase from 97.8 per cent in 2018.

And 93.7 per cent of pupils have been allocated their first choice in school, an increase from 91.4 per cent last year.

A total of 3,558 children have applied for a primary school place in September 2019.

Pupils will be having the best possible start to life at school as Wigan Borough’s primary schools are consistently rated among the best in the North West.

Cath Pealing, interim assistant director for education, said: “We are so pleased that more than 98 per cent of children will be starting their school life in reception class this September at one of their preferred schools.

“We have a brilliant track record in Wigan Borough for enabling children to get into the school of their choice and this is down to early planning and working with our school leaders to help meet demand.”

2019 figures:

  • Percentage who received one of their choices: 98.8% (3516)
  • Percentage who received first choice: 93.7% (3333)
  • Percentage who received second choice: 4.1% (147)
  • Percentage who received third choice: 1.0% (36)
  • No preference met: 1.2% (42)
Posted on Tuesday 16th April 2019
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