Nearly 99% of Somerset’s youngest children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, Somerset Council’s latest school admission figures show.

Overall, 98.94% of the 5,182 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three choices, with 94.54% receiving their first choice.

Of the 5,182 primary school applications received this year:

1st preferences met – 94.54 % (4,899 offers)

2nd preferences met – 3.88%  (201 offers)

3rd preferences met – 0.52%  (27 offers)

Anyone who applied for a place online will receive their offer by email today,  Monday 17th April. Those who made an application by post will receive a letter with their offer this week. The Schools Admissions Team is asking families not to contact their children’s allocated school, as schools will contact families to discuss the arrangements shortly.

Last year 5,296 applications for primary school places were received. Of those, 98.62% of applicants received one of their top three preferences, with 93.4% receiving their first primary school preference.

Parents and carers of children not offered one of their top three choices can appeal the decision. The email or letter families receive will detail the options available to a parent or carer who wishes to appeal.

Information about the appeal process can also be found at:

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April 17, 2023

Gary Smith

Children and Families

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