Most children get first choice place

Niki McLaren is pleased son Mason McLaren got a place at his first choice primary school, Croyland Primary School in Wellingborough

Niki McLaren is pleased son Mason McLaren got a place at his first choice primary school, Croyland Primary School in Wellingborough

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A total of 85 per cent of children going to primary school in September have won a place at their first choice school.

Parents were told where their youngsters had got a school place on Wednesday.

This year Northamptonshire County Council received a total of 8,828 applications for primary school places.

The total number of applications was up by 416 from 8,412 applications in 2011 and up by 801 from 8,027 applications in 2010.

This year a total of 7,498 pupils got a place at their first choice school – equivalent to 85 per cent of all applications. A total of 854 youngsters got places at their second or third preference schools, equivalent to 10 per cent, while 476 children, five per cent of all applications, did not get places at any of their top three schools so were given a place at an alternative school.

Last year 7,256, 86 per cent of applicants, got their first choice, and in 2010 7,169, 89 per cent, got their first choice.

Mason McLaren, four, of Mannock Road, Wellingborough, got a place at his top choice, Croyland Primary School in Wellingborough. His mum Niki McLaren said: “He has been telling everyone that he is going to Croyland.”

But Lucy Boston, of Corn Mill Close, Wellingborough, was unhappy after her daughter Tiaana, four, was not offered a place at any of her top three schools.

She has been offered a place at Ruskin Infant School in Wellingborough, which is two-and-a-half miles from their home.

She said: “If I drove I would be alright about it but I don’t.”