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Primary school admissions success
Thursday 19th April, 2018

More than 97 per cent of pupils in Wigan Borough will be starting reception later this year at one of their preferred primary schools.

Overall 97.8 per cent of pupils have had one of their preferences met, a slight increase from 97.7 per cent in 2017.

91.4 per cent of pupils have been allocated their first choice in school, the same figure as last year.

5.1 per cent have had their second preference met, and 1.3 per cent their third choice.

This is compared to 4.8 per cent getting their second choice last year and 1.5 per cent getting their third choice.

A total of 3,621 children have applied for a primary school place in September 2018.

And pupils will be having the best possible start to life at school as Wigan Borough’s primary schools are consistently rated among the best in the North West.

James Winterbottom, director of children’s services, said: “We are so pleased that more than 97 per cent of children will be starting their school life in reception class this September at one of their preferred schools.

“We have a brilliant track record in Wigan Borough for enabling children to get into the school of their choice and this is down to early planning to help meet demand.”

2018 figures:
Percentage who received one of their choices: 97.8% (3540)
Percentage who received first choice: 91.4% (3309)
Percentage who received second choice: 5.1% (185)
Percentage who received third choice: 1.3% (46)
No preference met: 2.3% (81)

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