First choice first school for majority of parents

Most Northumberland parents have gained their top preference of first school on National Offers Day.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17 April, 2019, 15:10
Dean Jackson

First preference of place went to 98% of parents who applied on time, and 99.9% of parents have been offered one of their top three preferences.

Figures for Northumberland have improved year on year, with fewer children receiving second preferences this year than in 2018 or 2017.

The admissions portal opened at midnight on Monday and parents who applied online received an email with a link to the portal. Others will have received a written offer.

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Dean Jackson, county council director of education and skills, said: “This is great news for the vast majority of Northumberland parents. The council is working hard to ensure that there are enough school places for children in their catchment schools.”

Northumberland’s school admissions team will assume that parents’ wish to accept their school place unless they advise otherwise. Should you wish to refuse a place please contact the team, giving your child’s name DOB and reason for refusal, before May 1.

Parents who wish to query their offers, or ask other questions, can email schooladmissions@northumberland.gov.uk or ring 01670 624889 .