Majority of Wigan children get first choice primary school place

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Almost ninety per cent of children in Wigan have got their first choice primary school place for 2016/17.

In total 89.8 per cent of children will be going to their preferred primary school when term starts in September.

We are really proud that we have been able to help more families get their first choice of primary school

James Winterbottom

The figure shows a 1.1 per cent increase on the figure from last year when 88.7 per cent received their first preference place.

A further 5.6 per cent have been given their second choice place followed by 1.6 per cent getting their third choice which means in total 97.1 per cent have received a place in one of their preferred schools.

The remaining 2.9 per cent have been offered suitable alternative places for September.

And pupils will be having the best possible start to life at school as Wigan Borough has been named the 13th best place in the country and second best in the north west for primary school education.

James Winterbottom, director for children’s services at Wigan Council, said: “We are really proud that we have been able to help more families get their first choice of primary school. We know how important it is to give children the best start in life and this is wonderful time for them to be starting school in Wigan Borough with 94 per cent of our primary schools rated good or outstanding.

“I’d like to thank schools and our school admissions team for their efficient and effective management of this hugely important process. But most importantly I want to wish our new starters and their families a prosperous future filled with great possibilities thanks to our fantastic schools.”