Primary choice for most pupils

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Nearly nine in ten children in Calderdale got a place at their first choice primary school.

In a so-called “National Offer Day”, youngsters across the country learned their fate on the same day for the first time.

And, the majority of the 2,678 applicants were left happy, with 2,313 (86.4 per cent) getting their first choice place.

However in the “not so happy camp” were the 157 children (5.9 per cent) who got their second preference, the 49 (1.8 per cent) who got their third, the 28 ( 1 per cent) got their fourth and the ten (0.4 per cent) who got their fifth.

Meanwhile, a further 121 applicants (4.5 per cent) were directed (assigned to a school they didn’t pick).

Calderdale Council’s Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Stuart Smith, said: “I’m delighted that over 86 per cent of applicants were offered their preferred school, it represents the hard work of the school admissions team.

“Compared to this time last year we have had over 200 more applications for places within Calderdale primary schools.”

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