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Children get their primary school offer

18 April

More than 97 per cent of Medway children will be starting their school life at one of their preferred primary schools this September - up more than one per cent on last year.

The latest school admissions figures reveal that just over 89 per cent of children have secured a place at their first preference school (up two per cent), just over six per cent at their second preference, and just under 1.5 per cent at their third.

Receiving an offer

Families across Medway will shortly start receiving news of the primary school their child has been offered for September 2017, with offer emails for online applicants being sent after 4pm today (18 April) and offer letters for paper applicants being posted first class.

The school admissions process for Medway is a huge task and involves the council processing applications for 3,375 Medway resident pupils and 130 out of area pupils. Applications for primary school places opened in September last year and parents had until 16 January to submit their applications to the council, naming up to six schools.

Cllr Andrew Mackness, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, said: "It is wonderful to see so many children in Medway offered a place at one of their preferred schools, and such a high number at their first preference school. This is a really exciting time for families and I'd like to wish all children starting their education this September the very best of luck."

Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Educational Attainment and Improvement Cllr Martin Potter said: "I am pleased that a vast majority of children have been offered a place at one of their top preference schools. I'd like to encourage the youngsters receiving their offer today to enjoy their time at school, have fun and work hard to reach their full potential.

“Through the work of our School Organisation Plan we have successfully identified the need for school places and those places have been provided through a programme of school expansion. We will continue to meet the challenges presented by our growing population by providing additional school places, and in particular the larger number of secondary applications we forecast we’ll receive as larger primary cohorts progress through academic years. This will continue to be achieved through our School Organisation Plan.”

Ian Sutherland, Director of Children and Adult Services, said: "Our admissions team works hard to make sure as many children as possible are placed at one of their preferred primary schools in Medway. I'd like to wish the children receiving their school offer today all the very best, and hope they enjoy the next exciting stage of their schooling."