Ninety seven percent of parents who submitted applications for reception class places on time secured a place at one of their preferred infant or primary schools - with nearly 89% getting their first choice school.

Figures released today (Thursday 16 April) show some 2,964 of the 3,334 on time applicants were allocated a place at their first choice school - or 88.9%, an increase from 87.8% last year.

In total, 97% of on time applicants received a place at one of their preferred schools, again an increase on last year when 96.3% were allocated a preferred place.

Some 171 late applications were received. With these included, the number of applicants allocated a place at their first choice school falls slightly to 86.6%.

Dr Jim McElligott, Wolverhampton City Council's Director of Education, said: "It is pleasing that more parents have secured reception class places for their children at either their first choice school or one of their preferred schools this year.

"We have a lot of extremely popular schools in Wolverhampton and therefore there are always going to be some parents and pupils who are disappointed because they haven't got a place at the school they wanted.

"I'd like to reassure them that we will be operating waiting lists over the coming months, and if places become available they will be reallocated, while parents who are unhappy with the allocation can also appeal to an independent panel."

"The figures released today show how important it is that parents and guardians get their applications in on time, as missing the deadline significantly affect their chances of securing a place at their preferred school as we must give priority to people who have applied by the deadline.

"I'd therefore urge all parents whose children are due to start in reception class at infant or primary schools for the first time in September 2016 to make a note of the closing date for next year's applications, which will be 15 January, 2016."

Any parents of children due to start in reception class this autumn who haven't yet applied for a place should do so immediately by calling the council's school admissions team on 01902 551459.

  • released: Thursday 16 April, 2015