Number of Wiltshire children getting first choice primary school increases

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Published by The Spire FM News Team at 12:28pm 16th April 2018. (Updated at 2:06pm 16th April 2018)

Nervous wait over for families of young children in Wiltshire.

The number of families getting their first choice primary school in Wiltshire has risen slightly.

93.4% of youngsters will start 'big school' at their parents top choice this September compared to 92% last year.

98.8% have been given a place at one of their three preferred schools, a similar number to 2017.

Wiltshire Council received 5,245 applicants.

If you applied on line you an check which school your child is going to here: whilst those who applied by post will have their decision sent to them via post.

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for education, said:

"This is a big day for thousands of families across Wiltshire, and I am delighted that the overwhelming majority can look forward to an exciting future at their first choice primary school in September. The high numbers of families achieving one of their preferences is once again also due to the long term meticulous planning by our officers who ensure there are sufficient places across the county."


The right to an independent appeal is open to anyone who has not received an offer at one of their preferred schools.

The deadline for lodging an appeal for a voluntary controlled or community school is 14 May 2018.

Parents who wish to appeal for a place at a voluntary aided, foundation school or an academy should contact the school directly to confirm the appeal deadline date.

Information on how to appeal is provided in the decision letter which will be sent to all applicants and is also available here:


In Hampshire, there's been a rise in the number of children securing places at their first choice primary school for September,

14,600 applications were processed across the county with 93.58% being allocated a place at their top choice.

That's up from 90.86% last year.

A total of 98.75% of parents were offered a place at one of their top three choices for their child's primary education.

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