Act quickly to get your first choice!

Lytham Hall Park Primary School and (below) Coun Sarah Riding.
Lytham Hall Park Primary School and (below) Coun Sarah Riding.
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PARENTS are being urged to complete application forms promptly to ensure their child a place at their preferred school.

A national report has shown rising numbers of families appealing against decisions on school admissions.

Coun Sarah Riding

Coun Sarah Riding

In 2011 more than 100 parents of primary school pupils on the Fylde coast challenged decisions which did not grant their child a place, while similar numbers appealed high school decisions.

Coun Sarah Riding, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our admissions team work very hard to place most children in their first choice of school and on the few cases we aren’t able to do that, find a more than suitable alternative.

“One of the main reasons some don’t receive their first choice however is because their applications are not completed in good time.”

The shortage in places at first choice schools is also put down to a boom in the birthrate in recent years and councils acknowledge there are “hotspots” where competition for places is particularly fierce.

Now plans are in place to prevent more families facing disappointment, including a £4bn injection from the Government to create new primary school places.

Lynn Mappin, Lancashire County Council’s head of capital and provision planning, said: “We have a number of schemes under way which will increase the overall number of primary school places in the county by about 1,300.”

In St Annes, Heyhouses CE Primary School is expanding to allow 90 pupils per class, up from 70. Lytham Hall Park school, at South Park, has already expanded class sizes up to 60.

For help in completing applications for resort schools, contact Blackpool Council on (01253) 476829.

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