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Mostly happy families after school applications

Mostly happy families after school applications

Published at 6:03am 18th April 2016. (Updated at 2:01pm 19th April 2016)

More than 93% of parents and carers of primary-aged children in North Yorkshire have secured their first school preference.

The figure is slightly lower than last year, but still higher than many other parts of the country.

97% per cent of families have received an offer from one of their top three preferences.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools, said: "This is good news for North Yorkshire. We are very pleased that so many families in the county continue to be able to gain their first preference from their choice of schools.

"As a local authority, we work with schools across the county to make sure all of them deliver the highest standards of education, so that families who are not given first preferences will nevertheless be able to send their children to good schools.

"We wish all the children starting primary school in September all the best and hope they will enjoy their education in our schools."

Leeds City Council, which is responsible for schools in Otley and Wetherby, said 87% of pupils secured a place at their first choice primary school.

3% (301 children) failed to get a place at any of their top five choices. 

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Executive Member for Children and Families, said: "This year was particularly challenging because demand for primary places is the highest it has been for 15 years."