Did your child get a place at their first choice primary school?

By Thomas Parkes | Education | Published:

More than 90 per cent of children across the Black Country and Staffordshire have received places at their top choice of primary school, councils have said.

Did your child receive a place at their favoured school?

An average of 89 per cent of children in Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton got into their preferred choice of schools for the upcoming academic year, while this figure was 94 per cent in Staffordshire.

A total of 14,530 youngsters in the Black Country were given a place in their top three – with just 584 having to settle for another choice.

In Staffordshire, a total of 90 pupils missed out in a spot in their top three.

All pupils have been allocated a school space, according to councils across the Black Country and Staffordshire.

In Sandwell, 4,034 out of 4,519 children – 89 per cent – got into their chosen school.

A further 279 got into their second or third choice, leaving 206 pupils forced to settle for a school that was not one of their choices.

Sue Moore, the group head for education support services in Sandwell, said: “We take time to plan school places very carefully to ensure as many parents as possible get their top choice and that every child gets a school place.

“More schools have been expanded and plans for new schools are progressing well to make sure we continue to offer places at parents’ preferred schools.”


In Dudley, 3,405 out of 3,702 youngsters – 92 per cent – got into their preferred school.

A further 222 – around six per cent – got into their second or third choice. 75 children were given a space at a school that was not one of their preferred choices.

In Walsall, 3,203 out of 3,613 applicants – 89 per cent – got into their top choice.

A further 260 –seven per cent – made their second and third choice. Four per cent of pupils missed out.


Figures from Wolverhampton show 2,858 out of 3,280 – 87 per cent – got into their first choice.

A further 269 got into their second or third choice. More than 100 pupils missed out on their top three choices.

Meredith Teasdale, Wolverhampton Council’s director of education, said: “We have a lot of extremely popular schools in the city, and demand for places is increasing all the time.

“We are very pleased for the vast majority of pupils who have achieved a place at one of their preferred schools, with the number increasing year on year.”

In Staffordshire, 8,393 out of 8,883 applicants were given their top choice. A further 400 – five per cent – got into their second and third schools.

Thomas Parkes

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