This year a total of 6859 Gloucestershire children have been offered a primary school place for September, with 88 per cent of pupils receiving a place at their first preference school.
On Monday 16th April, all parents of pupils going to primary school in September 2018 received an email or letter from Gloucestershire County Council, offering them one school place for their child.
Parents and carers who applied online received an email confirming their school place and they will be able to accept the place online. Those parents who did not apply online received a letter including the place on offer and the reasons why. This letter is specific to each pupil and contains an explanation for the decision made.
Parents now have until 30th April to accept their school place or request an alternative school. Parents are encouraged to accept their place online or return their reply forms as soon as possible.
If parents ask for their child’s school place to be reconsidered, they will be placed on the waiting list for their preferred schools. If places then become available, they will be offered a place in line with the schools admission policy. Some places are likely to become available over the next few months as parents change their preferences.
Parents unhappy with their initial offer are encouraged to keep their place as this will ensure that, whatever the outcome of the reconsideration, their child will have a place at a school in September.
The county council will write to parents with the result of the reconsideration after 15th May, and parents will have until the 29th May to reply. Parents who are still not satisfied with their given school will be advised of the appeals procedure.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “It’s that exciting time of year again when our young people find out where the next stage of their education will be. Starting primary school is a big step and I wish all pupils well for this next stage of their journey. It’s great to see such a high proportion of young people have been offered a school of their choice.”
The admission criteria and more information about waiting lists for every school is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
Via press release from GCC on 17 April 2018.