Did your child get their primary place? National Offer Day for primary schools

By Morwenna Evans Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Primary school child working on Maths work

For the first time, all place allocations for children starting primary school in England have been revealed on the same day.

Did your child obtain the place you wanted for them? For many parents, the answer to this question may be no, as primary places have been hard to come by. Between 2012 and 2013, primary pupil numbers grew by almost 100,000. Some schools have even been adding extra classes to accommodate for this influx in children of school age.

Today, parents will receive letters and emails from primary schools revealing the fate of many school children; a result eagerly anticipated by many parents. A poll on netmums suggested that that many parents have been planning their child’s places in their school of preference for years.

Netmums co-founder Siobhan Freegard said: "Competition for what parents perceive to be the best schools is now so tough they will do almost anything to gain their child a place.

"Some ways, like moving house to be close to the school, can cost tens of thousands of pounds."

The rising population has put particular pressure on primary places in some areas. It is estimated that in Croydon alone, pupil numbers will rise 44% from the summer of 2010 to the autumn of 2015. Similarly in Barking and Dagenham there is a rise of 43%.

Do you live in area affected by over-subscription? Did your child get the school you wanted for them? Please share your experiences with us below.