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Almost 9 in 10 get first choice of primary school

26/06/2014 Joanna
Figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) reveal almost nine in ten families were awarded their first choice of primary school.

Some 546,000 (88 per cent) of families received their first choice place, while over 444,000 (85 per cent) were offered a place at their first choice of secondary school.

Almost 96 per cent of families received a place at one of their top three preferred primary or secondary schools this year.

A DfE spokesperson said £5 billion of funding had been made available to local councils to enable them to create new school places, resulting in 260,000 new school places across the country. 

"Thanks to our reforms, the number of children in failing secondary schools has already fallen by a quarter of a million since 2010," the spokesperson added.

According to the figures, nearly 80 per cent of new primary places created under the coalition government have been in good or outstanding schools.

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