More families get preferred primary school


Bradford Council can confirm an increase in the number of families whose children have been offered a place at their first preference primary school for September this year.


Bradford Council’s schools admissions team was able to offer 91 per cent of applicants a place at their first preference school, a rise of 2 per cent on last year.


A total of 96 per cent of parents or carers received their first or second preference, slightly increased from last year’s results, while the number of parents and carers receiving one of their top three preferences also increased up to 97.5 per cent.


The figures have been released as part of National Offer Day on 16 April 2021.


The admissions team invited parents and carers to log into their online account, to view their allocated school, after midnight on 16 April. Parents and carers who had applied online were sent an email at 8am on 16 April to confirm the outcome of their application and provide additional information. Parents and carers who did not apply online have been sent letters directly to their home address by first class post. Any parent or carer who applied online but indicated that they did not wish to receive an email will also be sent a letter. Parents and carers who are expecting letters are asked not to contact the Admissions Team before 20 April to allow time for their letters to arrive. Allocations will not be disclosed over the phone.


Mark Douglas, Strategic Director for Children’s Services at Bradford Council, said:

"It is fantastic that we have been able to allocate more Bradford families their first preference of primary school this year.


"Of the 7054 total applications from families for a reception class place, more than 97 per cent have been allocated one of the top three schools they preferred.


"We continue to work hard to ensure our primary schools have the capacity to meet the demand for places. We understand how much it means to families to secure a place for their child at a preferred school and try hard to achieve this where possible."

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