ALMOST FIVE hundred children in Leeds did not get into any of their five choices of primary school.
Many families faced disappointment yesterday as the local education authorities across the country informed parents which school they had been allocated for their children on National Offer Day.
Across Leeds, 8,270 children were given their first preferences of school - 85 per cent, which is the same as last year.
Overall 95 per cent will attend one of their five preferences - but 468 children - five per cent, were not offered any of their five choices of schools.
Alternative places have been offered to the children, and Leeds City Council said the large volume of applications made the admissions process one of the “biggest tasks in the education calendar”.
In total 9,774 applications were received, 669 more than two years ago.
Coun Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said: “We do understand though how disappointing and distressing it is when people aren’t allocated their preferred school. We encourage parents to make sure they include their nearest school and use all five preferences to increase their chances of obtaining a place at a local school.
“In a very difficult environment we will continue to do everything we can to ensure parents have a full understanding of how the process works so that as many as possible receive their highest possible preference.”
In Wakefield, 90.83 per cent of children received their first place, down slightly on last year’s figure of 91.6 per cent. Just over 95 per cent of children got into one of their top three choices, but 4.3 per cent were not allocated a school they had chosen.
News of the allocations prompted debate among parents on the Yorkshire Evening Post Facebook site.
Katherine Murray said her child missed out on any of their choices, despite their two siblings already attending her first choice school.
Jo Mawn said: “My granddaughter hasn’t got into her local nearest first choice school that is a few hundred yards away. She is the third generation of our family that have been going to that school over 54 years. We will be fighting it all the way.”