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Majority of children in Surrey and Hampshire given a place in one of their preferred schools

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Majority of children in Surrey and Hampshire given a place in one of their preferred schools

Published by Lettie Buxton at 2:46pm 17th April 2020. (Updated at 6:01am 18th April 2020)

The majority of children across Surrey and Hampshire have been given a place at one of their three preferred schools.

All those who applied on time for a school place received the outcome of their application on Thursday (16 April).

In Surrey, the county council received 12,813 applications for reception class places and 3,992 applications for a junior place:

  • 85.7 per cent were offered a reception year place at their first preference school
  • 96.1 per cent were given a Year R place at one of their top three preferred schools
  • 94.6 per cent moving from infant school to junior school (Year 3) got a place at their first preference school
  • 97.4 per cent going into Year 3 received a place at one of their top three preferred schools.

Meanwhile Hampshire County Council confirmed it processed more than 22,500 applications for children to start school in reception year and to move from infant to their first year of junior education (Year 3):

  • Just under 91 per cent have been allocated a reception year place at their first choice of school
  • 97.8 per cent have been offered a Year R place for their child in one of their three preferred choice schools
  • Just under 98 per cent moving to junior school obtained a place at their first choice school
  • 99 per cent going into Year 3 received a place at one of their three choices.

Commenting on the Hampshire statistics, the county council's executive member for education and skills, Councillor Roz Chadd said it "reflects how school place planning is essential in ensuring that there is a school place for every child in Hampshire".

She said she was "optimistic" that children will be able to start school "in the usual way" by September, following the early closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, parents of children starting school in Hampshire in September are being advised to wait to be contacted by the school about how to present their proof of address and child’s birth certificate.

They should not attempt to visit the school ahead of this, to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.

Find out the next steps, how to put your child's name on a waiting list or how to appeal the decision here.