There’s both good and bad news this week for parents and carers of children due to enter local primary schools for the first time in September. On National Offer Day Wellesley Park, Beech Grove, Rockwell Green and Sampford Arundel are all oversubscribed having received applications for places from considerably more pupils than their admission number. As a result, parents may not have been offered a place at their 1st, 2nd or even 3rd choice school.
However, each school has been granted extra places by Somerset County Council to increase the number of pupils they are able to accept. Whilst not oversubscribed, St John’s C of E Primary School has 27 places to offer – 2 more than its admission number.
Wellesley Park is now offering 60 places, increasing its admission by 6; Beech Grove is providing 10 additional places and accepting 52 children this year; Rockwell Green’s admission number of 25 places has been increased to 28 and Sampford Arundel is able to accept 9 pupils, an increase of 1 from last year’s admission number.
All the local school’s were graded as ‘Good’ in their last Ofsted inspections.
Parents who are concerned about the place they have been offered can appeal against the decision. Information about the process can be found on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The country as a whole is experiencing a shortage of primary school places with 4.5 million children entering school this year. It is estimated that a further 336,000 places will needed by 2024.