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Nine out of 10 South Tyneside parents get first-choice school place for their child

PRIMARY PLACES ... Nine out of 10 children will go to their parents' first-choice school.
PRIMARY PLACES ... Nine out of 10 children will go to their parents' first-choice school.

PARENTS in South Tyneside faced an extra long wait to learn whether their children got their favoured choice of school – but most got the news they were looking for.

Yesterday was D-Day for mothers and fathers who had applied for primary, infant, and junior school places in the borough.

It is good news that nine out of 10 children are receiving a place at their first choice primary school.

Council spokeswoman

Many of those who had applied online were hit by delays as South Tyneside Council’s website struggled to cope with a surge in visitors.

Website users who used a link to find out application results were initially greeted by an error message stating the service was unable, but the site was back up and running by about 11am.

The council received 1,747 applications for Reception and Year 3 class spaces for this coming September, with 95 per cent getting a place at one of the three schools they requested. A total of 1,565 children were allocated a space at their first choice school (90 per cent), with 74 getting their second choice (four per cent) and 22 (one per cent) set to start life in the classroom in their third choice school.

A council spokeswoman said: “It is good news that nine out of 10 children are receiving a place at their first choice primary school.

“This year we responded to more than 1,700 applications for primary school places, and 95 per cent of people have been allocated one of the places they requested.”

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