Annal Nayyar blogs on first choice primary school?

One in six children is likely to miss out on their first choice primary school this year, amid warnings of an imminent crisis in securing a spot.

Over half a million children across the England will find out on Thursday which primary school they will be attending in September, on what is known as primary school National Offer Day.

Figures seen by the Telegraph show an increase in the number of unsuccessful first choice applications by some local councils, a move that’s set to cause disappointment and anxiety among many parents.


The news comes as teachers warn of schools being stretched to their limits as a result of the growing number of pupils over the next five years.

According to government estimates, 200,000 more primary school places will be required by 2020. Higher birth rates, rising immigration, government policy and a lack of school places planning have been blamed for the growing pressure on places.


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