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94% Children Get First Choice School in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:00am 16th April 2014 (Updated 10:06am 16th April 2014)

Cornish parents are finding out whether their children have made it into their first choice primary school.

More than 5,000 applied for a place in reception class this September.

4,910 got their first choice school, with another 315 getting their second choice and 40 more their third preference.

But 106 pupils missed out and will be sent to the nearest school to their home address with room left.

There are 47 over subscribed primary schools in Cornwall. This is a similar number to the figure for the past two years, with 45 over subscribed schools in 2013, and 49 over subscribed schools in 2012.  

There has, however, been an increase in the number of schools which are full for new reception admissions in September 2014. 71 out of Cornwall's 236 primary schools are full, compared with 60 schools in 2013.

Louize Morton from Townsend wants her son in the same place as his siblings - but they are out of catchment.

She said: "If my third children didn't get in it would mean having to be in two places at once at the same time, which is obviously impossible. It would mean appealing against the decision and having that horrible, last minute process. I understand you don't find out until around June."

Andrew Wallis, in charge of education at Cornwall Council, said: "For those parents and carers who did not did not get their 1st/2nd/3rd preference school, then they will need to wait for their letter which will explain how the process works i.e. for appealing the decision/going on the waiting list.

"If parents wish to appeal the letter will specify whether they need to get the appropriate forms and details from the admissions team or from the school - academies do their own appeals."

An independent panel will hear appeals. Parents who want to appeal have 20 school days after receiving the notification.

Appeals must then be heard within 40 school days of the deadline.

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