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Children get their primary school offer
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
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."