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Ilkley children receive their primary school place offer

Local families will today receive news on which primary school their child has been allocated for September this year.

Bradford Council have confirmed an increase in the number of parents whose children have been offered a place at their first preference primary school.

1st preference allocations =   89.05% (6710) pupils 2nd preference allocations =    5.75% (433 pupils) 3rd preference allocations =     2.02% (152 pupils)

Bradford Council’s schools admissions team were able to offer more than 89 per cent of applicants a place at their first preference school, a rise of 0.5 per cent on last year.

Almost 95 per cent of parents received their first or second preference, slightly increased from last year’s results, while the number of parents receiving one of their top three preferences also increased by 1 per cent, up to 97 per cent.

Parents and carers with children due to start their primary education this autumn are being contacted today (April 16) to let them know where their child has been placed. Around 6,500 emails are being sent to those who applied online while almost 1,000 letters are being posted to those who applied by post.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “Every year our schools admissions team works tirelessly to ensure that as many young children as possible get allocated their first preference school. This is not an easy task given the volume of applications.

“It is heartening to see a rise in the figures for those receiving their first preference and for those offered a place at one of their top three preferences.

“I know just how much it means to families to secure a place for their child at their preferred school and we do our very best to achieve this wherever we possibly can. Unfortunately though, popular schools will always be over-subscribed and there will be a small proportion of families who are disappointed.

“I wish all the children starting primary school later this year the very best. Every child in the Bradford District should have the chance to realise their full potential and we are all working hard to achieve this.”

Parents have been sent information as to what to do next, but admissions officers are on hand to answer queries. Parents with an enquiry can email


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