A number of primary schools in the area are oversubscribed, new admission figures show.
It comes as parents and carers of children starting infant, junior and primary schools in September 2016 have been told which school their child will be attending. A total of 43 of the 117 primary and infant schools across the East Riding are oversubscribed, including the primary schools in Wilberfoss, Sutton-on-Derwent, Warter, Newbald, Melbourne and Bubwith. Forty nine (1.5%) could not be given places at any of their three chosen schools. Of those 49, although most did not name their catchment area as one of their preferences, 35 have been placed at their catchment area school and 14 have been given places at the nearest other East Riding school which has a place available.
This year, 3,263 applicants living in the East Riding applied for 2016/17 Reception places at infant and primary schools with 95.9% (3,129) getting their first choice of school and 98.5% (3,214) getting places at one of their three choices of school.
Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “At a time when many areas in the country are facing real difficulties in finding enough primary school places, it is good to see that we are still able to give most parents places for their children at the schools they want. Getting the balance right between the number of school places and the expected demand for these places is always difficult, even more so at times when the resources available for schools and school buildings are very limited.”