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Parents facing anxious wait over school places

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Nearly 350 youngsters in the city and county will miss out on their preferred primary schools this year.

Anxious parents have been waiting to find out which school their four and five-year-olds will be allocated this September.

Parents of children applying to city schools were due to find out yesterday, while those living in the county should receive letters advising them of their place today.

Figures released by both the city and county councils show that in Leicester, out of 4,148 applications, some 135 parents have not been given any of their top three schools – 3.3 per cent.

In Leicestershire, out of 6,852 applications, 212 – 3.1 per cent – have not received a place of their choice.

However, the majority of parents, just over 96 per cent in each local authority, have received one of their three preferred schools.

Councillor Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: "I'm really pleased the number of applicants being offered their preferred school has increased, particularly as the overall number of applications has risen."

Parents will be advised of their right to appeal a school place if they are unhappy with their allocation.

The city council is facing a shortage of primary places in the city because of a rising birth rate, new arrivals to Leicester, and more residents expected to choose local schools over those in the county as results continue to improve.

Education bosses believe fewer people will send their children to independent schools due to cost.

It is set to spend £15 million creating extra classrooms across 17 schools to meet the extra demand for 2015.

The most popular school in Leicester was Montrose Primary, in Aylestone, which received 227 applications for the 60 places which were available for September.

Parents facing anxious wait over school places


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