Some 96.5% of parents have secured a place at one of their preferred infant or primary schools in Wolverhampton – with 87% getting their first choice school.

Figures released this week show that 2,925 on time applicants were allocated a place at their first choice school, and that 3,244 children were allocated a place at a preferred school.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "Wolverhampton’s schools are more popular than ever, with 87% now rated either Good and Outstanding by Ofsted and an increasing demand for places. 

“We work hard with our local providers to ensure as many children as possible are able to go to school where they want to, and it is pleasing that so many parents have secured reception class places at one of their preferred schools.

“It is also important to stress that every child has been allocated a place at one of the city’s schools. 

“There are unfortunately always going to be some parents and pupils disappointed because they haven’t got a place at the school they wanted. I’d like to reassure them that schools are operating waiting lists and if places become available they will be reallocated. Parents who are unhappy with their allocation can also appeal to an independent panel.”

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 551122.