Thousands celebrating first choice primary school places while some left disappointed

Bournemouth Echo: Thousands celebrating first choice primary school places while some left disappointed Thousands celebrating first choice primary school places while some left disappointed

THOUSANDS of parents and children in Dorset have been finding out if they have a place at their primary school of choice this September.

For the first time this year, families in every area of the country are finding out at the same time which school they have been allocated on National Offer Day.

It has been suggested that tens of thousands of four-year-olds may have missed out on their first-choice place.

Councils and schools have been facing an increasing squeeze on school places, particularly for primary-age children, partly fuelled by a rising birth rate in recent years and the impact of immigration.

In Bournemouth, the council said that 2242 applications had been received and 82 per cent had got their first choice.

Cllr Nicola Greene, deputy leader and cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “We, like many other councils across England have been faced with the challenge of providing a large number of additional primary school places. Working closely with schools and their governing bodies and the wider community we have planned ways to accommodate the increase in demand for now and in future years.

“I’m pleased to say that we have allocated a place for every child who applied by the closing date with 95.5 per cent of parents receiving one of their top three preferences.”

In Poole, a total of 1690 applications were received of which 84 per cent were offered their first preference, compared to 93 per cent in 2013.

Vicky Wales, head of children, young people and learning, borough of Poole, said: “Every Poole parent who applied for their child to attend reception by the closing date has been offered a place in a school and 94 per cent have been offered a place at one of their preferences.

“An additional 75 reception places have been added to schools across the borough to accommodate the anticipated rise in numbers.

“Where families have not been offered a place at their preferred school we would encourage them to visit the school they have been offered and speak to the head teacher about the opportunities available to their child.”

But families in Christchurch and the rest of Dorset had the best news overall, with 94 per cent out of a total of 5229 applicants, getting their first preference for all types of schools.

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2:16pm Wed 16 Apr 14

High Treason says...

"Councils and schools have been facing an increasing squeeze on school places, particularly for primary-age children, partly fuelled by a rising birth rate in recent years and the impact of immigration"

I will put my money on immigration. Welcome to the UK. Free housing, free health, free education, free benefits. On Channel 5 they interviewed some immigrants. All over the moon, so much for free, we would only get 10% of this in our country. No wonder we are short of housing and school places. Heaven help you all in 20 years,
"Councils and schools have been facing an increasing squeeze on school places, particularly for primary-age children, partly fuelled by a rising birth rate in recent years and the impact of immigration" I will put my money on immigration. Welcome to the UK. Free housing, free health, free education, free benefits. On Channel 5 they interviewed some immigrants. All over the moon, so much for free, we would only get 10% of this in our country. No wonder we are short of housing and school places. Heaven help you all in 20 years, High Treason
  • Score: 14

3:33pm Wed 16 Apr 14

contric says...

well said high treason while those thieving sexual perverts in westminster get their kids into the best schools are kids are going into schools with rising class numbers with a lot of children not speaking english i bet the useless worst mp bournemouth has ever had ellwood doesnt send his kid to townsend school the nearest to his subsidised holdenhurst home
well said high treason while those thieving sexual perverts in westminster get their kids into the best schools are kids are going into schools with rising class numbers with a lot of children not speaking english i bet the useless worst mp bournemouth has ever had ellwood doesnt send his kid to townsend school the nearest to his subsidised holdenhurst home contric
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4:40pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Crashtest1976 says...

What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates.

Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are!
What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates. Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are! Crashtest1976
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5:17pm Wed 16 Apr 14

susi.m says...

Crashtest1976 wrote:
What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates.

Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are!
I don't have the numbers to hand right now, but I suggest you check the figures for the numbers of Eastern European children in primary schools and the numbers in pre-schools. Take all these children away and the places problem in Bournemouth / Poole primary schools would be only a minor problem.
Get your rose tinted glasses off and read the correct facts.
[quote][p][bold]Crashtest1976[/bold] wrote: What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates. Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are![/p][/quote]I don't have the numbers to hand right now, but I suggest you check the figures for the numbers of Eastern European children in primary schools and the numbers in pre-schools. Take all these children away and the places problem in Bournemouth / Poole primary schools would be only a minor problem. Get your rose tinted glasses off and read the correct facts. susi.m
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5:19pm Wed 16 Apr 14

High Treason says...

Crashtest1976 wrote:
What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates.

Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are!
Oh really. near me are some flats used to house immigrants. Nearly all with children and all needing a school. Now do an echo search for Malmesbury Park Primary School: pupils proud of inclusive school where 38 languages are spoken.
Hey ho and who is paying for all of this. 38 languages plus all the paperwork produce in multi languages.
"Shows just how knowledgeable the pro-immigration arguments are!
[quote][p][bold]Crashtest1976[/bold] wrote: What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates. Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are![/p][/quote]Oh really. near me are some flats used to house immigrants. Nearly all with children and all needing a school. Now do an echo search for Malmesbury Park Primary School: pupils proud of inclusive school where 38 languages are spoken. Hey ho and who is paying for all of this. 38 languages plus all the paperwork produce in multi languages. "Shows just how knowledgeable the pro-immigration arguments are! High Treason
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5:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Crashtest1976 says...

There were 17 more primary applications this year than last in bournemouth. With a population of 186,000 that represents an increase in line with the national increase in birth rates. This has nothing to do with immigration and more to do with a lack of forward planning for school places in a growing population. Best estimates indicate that Bournemouth experienced a net-migration increase of a little over 2,500 people last year. The majority of these were non-uk students at Bournemouth university. The next biggest group were international language students. Neither of which are needing primary school places.

PS - anti-immigrant arguments will always use the polar end of the spectrum for their evidence. Malmesbury Park does indeed have a large number of EFL students (although they are a clear minority). However Malmesbury Park is also the school with the largest EFL student population in Bournemouth. Much more accurate to take an average of all schools rather than use one for your evidence.
There were 17 more primary applications this year than last in bournemouth. With a population of 186,000 that represents an increase in line with the national increase in birth rates. This has nothing to do with immigration and more to do with a lack of forward planning for school places in a growing population. Best estimates indicate that Bournemouth experienced a net-migration increase of a little over 2,500 people last year. The majority of these were non-uk students at Bournemouth university. The next biggest group were international language students. Neither of which are needing primary school places. PS - anti-immigrant arguments will always use the polar end of the spectrum for their evidence. Malmesbury Park does indeed have a large number of EFL students (although they are a clear minority). However Malmesbury Park is also the school with the largest EFL student population in Bournemouth. Much more accurate to take an average of all schools rather than use one for your evidence. Crashtest1976
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5:55pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Crashtest1976 says...

susi.m wrote:
Crashtest1976 wrote:
What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates.

Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are!
I don't have the numbers to hand right now, but I suggest you check the figures for the numbers of Eastern European children in primary schools and the numbers in pre-schools. Take all these children away and the places problem in Bournemouth / Poole primary schools would be only a minor problem.
Get your rose tinted glasses off and read the correct facts.
I would suggest the problem is only very minor anyway. 94% got their first choices... Pretty positive to me. The remaining 6% are likely to have chosen a school outside of their catchment and were therefore disappointed. Please don't tell me where they live is the fault of immigrants too???
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crashtest1976[/bold] wrote: What misinformed and utter tripe. Immigration has virtually no impact on school places in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. Anyone with any semblance of knowledge is aware that the country is in the grip of a 5-7 year baby boom. The projections based on current birth rates see a need for increased places in Bournemouth and Dorset (I'm unaware of what the outlook is for Poole). Just take a look at the recent news about the new build primaries at St Peters and Avonbourne as well as the announcements about the need for a new primary in Christchurch. This has nothing to do with immigration predictions or rises and purely and simply about increased English birth rates. Ignorance leads to a simplistic anti-immigration response every time.... Shows just how knowledgable the anti-immigration arguments are![/p][/quote]I don't have the numbers to hand right now, but I suggest you check the figures for the numbers of Eastern European children in primary schools and the numbers in pre-schools. Take all these children away and the places problem in Bournemouth / Poole primary schools would be only a minor problem. Get your rose tinted glasses off and read the correct facts.[/p][/quote]I would suggest the problem is only very minor anyway. 94% got their first choices... Pretty positive to me. The remaining 6% are likely to have chosen a school outside of their catchment and were therefore disappointed. Please don't tell me where they live is the fault of immigrants too??? Crashtest1976
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6:05pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Teddy 1 says...

Can vicky wales explain how parents will be impacted with the changes she and the team are proposing in getting rid of primary school catchments areas.

Also how will these Academies that are planned by first schools in poole select those attending? Will they be able to self select?
Can vicky wales explain how parents will be impacted with the changes she and the team are proposing in getting rid of primary school catchments areas. Also how will these Academies that are planned by first schools in poole select those attending? Will they be able to self select? Teddy 1
  • Score: 4

11:07pm Wed 16 Apr 14

mattw2410 says...

This is an absolute joke my son has been give a place at kingsleigh ... We live in pokesdown !!! Because I work full time and need the car to get to and from work my partner will have to catch a minimum of 20 busses a week get my 4 year old ready to leave the house for 7am and have him do a full day of school only to catch the bus home again not getting back until around 5ish ... Traffic dependant ! Now correct me if I'm wrong but a lot of people don't even work 10+ hours a day ... So why should my 4 year old do that daily without it impacting his education! Oh and I forgot to mention that my partner would have to take our 2 year old on these 4 bus journeys a day which will probably take about an hour + each!!! We chose 3 schools very close to where we live and got accepted for none !!! My child's education will now suffer due to the increased squeeze on the system due to immigration!!! This country is fast becoming a joke!!!
This is an absolute joke my son has been give a place at kingsleigh ... We live in pokesdown !!! Because I work full time and need the car to get to and from work my partner will have to catch a minimum of 20 busses a week get my 4 year old ready to leave the house for 7am and have him do a full day of school only to catch the bus home again not getting back until around 5ish ... Traffic dependant ! Now correct me if I'm wrong but a lot of people don't even work 10+ hours a day ... So why should my 4 year old do that daily without it impacting his education! Oh and I forgot to mention that my partner would have to take our 2 year old on these 4 bus journeys a day which will probably take about an hour + each!!! We chose 3 schools very close to where we live and got accepted for none !!! My child's education will now suffer due to the increased squeeze on the system due to immigration!!! This country is fast becoming a joke!!! mattw2410
  • Score: 1

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