More children offered first-choice primary school, says county council

Westwood Primary School March Cambs

Nearly 95 per cent of children across Cambridgeshire were offered a place at their first-choice primary school, a rise from last year. Pictured is Westwood Primary School in March. - Credit: Facebook/Westwood Primary School

Nearly 95 per cent of children across Cambridgeshire were offered a place at their first-choice primary school, a rise from last year. 

In 2020, 93.7pc were offered their first-choice option compared to 94.5pc this year, according to Cambridgeshire County Council. 

Ninety-nine per cent of children were awarded a place at one of their three chosen schools as opposed to 98.6pc last year, while the proportion of pupils in the county offered a place at one of their first two choices also increased. 

Compared to the rest of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough saw a small drop in those offered a place at one of their top three schools at 98.4pc this year. 

Of those, 97.7pc were given a place at one of their first two preferred schools, slightly down on 98pc the previous year. 


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Cambridgeshire County Council received 6,420 applications for primary school places this year, a drop of 400 in 2020. 

Jonathan Lewis, service director for education at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council said: “I am delighted that so many children will be attending a school of their choice this year.  

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“This is down to the hard work and dedication of officers who have worked over many years to ensure there are local places for local children in our schools.” 

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