|Kent Primary Schools: allocation to Reception classes April 2014|
|Offers to Kent Pupils||2014||2013||2012||2011|
|No of pupils||%||No of pupils||%||No of pupils||%||No of pupils||%|
Offered a school named on the application form
Offered a first preference
|Offered a second preference||1239||7.25%||1,127||6.83%||1,145||7.03%||1,062||6.67%|
|Offered a third preference||546||3.19%||447||2.71%||452||2.77%||407||2.56%|
|Allocated by local authority||796||4.65%||661||4.01%||818||5.02%||768||4.82%|
|Total number of offers||17097||16,499||16,249||15919|
In addition, 60 places were offered to children from outside Kent, mainly in Medway and Dartford to schools on the county boundaries.
There is no doubt that Kent has started, over the past few years, to plan additional places in primary schools, rather than last minute pushing and shoving, which was the norm a few years ago. The Commissioning Plan for new places is proving to be a very sensible approach, however, the county is still playing catch up for the failures of previous years to plan ahead and too many of the additional places are in underperforming or failing schools.
I don't yet have the details of pressure on individual districts, but I anticipate that once again too many parents in Tonbridge, Maidstone, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells will be disappointed.
I disagree with the conventional wisdom that the problems are caused by parents chasing the best schools; in my experience they are either trying to avoid the underperforming and failing ones, of which there are too many, or else cannot even get into a nearby school as other families have a greater claim.
Many parents, on not being offered the reception class place(s) of their choice look to the appeal process to try and win one. The bad news is that because of what is called Infant Class Legislation, it is almost impossible to win an appeal for an infant place and I will rarely get involved unless there is a possible case of maladministration of allocation of places. Your best chance of securing a place is through the waiting list process, although there is nothing to stop you pursuing both. I enclose details of last year's appeal outcomes below, taken from the statistics section of this website.
However, I would very much appreciate being informed of problem areas in order to track, report and comment on them. In a few weeks I shall have a complete breakdown of primary allocations by school and district, and will then publish a more comprehensive article, as last year.
|Kent Primary School Appeal Outcomes 2013|
Appeals where Infant
Class Legislation Applies
|Medway Primary School Appeal Outcomes 2013|
|Reception Class Appeals||157||6||98||28||25|