PARENTS in Herefordshire join those across England today in finding out which primary school their child will be attending in September 2021.

Herefordshire Council has made 1709 offers of places in primary schools across the county with the following parental preference success rates:

First preference: 1640 offers, which is 96% of the total offers

Second preference: 47 offers, which is 2.7% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 98.7%

Third preference: 7 offers, which is 0.4% of the total offers with a cumulative success rate of 99.1%

The balance of places offered, which is 15 or 0.9% e to parents whose preferences could not be met and their offer was for the nearest school to their home address with available spaces.

In comparison to last year, the same number of parents got their first school preference (96%) and 99.1% got a place in one of their three preferences (compared to 99.2% in 2020).

As in previous years, Herefordshire schools continue to be a net importer of pupils, with more pupils from neighbouring counties requesting places in the county’s schools than Herefordshire pupils requesting places in other counties.

There are currently 17 Herefordshire primary schools with waiting lists and 58 have available spaces.

The council has continued to promote its online application service this year, which was used by 97% of applicants.