97% secure top three choice of primary school

April 18, 2024

Southend-on-Sea City Council is pleased to announce that 97% of pre-school children in Southend will start their primary school education at one of their top three preferred choices.

Following primary school offer day (Tuesday 16 April), where parents received notification of their child's primary school placement for September 2024, we can reveal that out of 1,874 applications received for Southend:

86% (1,609 pupils) were granted their first choice

9% (161 pupils) secured their second choice

2% (42 pupils) were offered their third choice

Liz Hunt, director of education, early years and inclusion, at the council, said: “It's great news that 97% of local children have secured one of their top three choices at their preferred primary school for this September.

"This is an exciting and emotional start of a new chapter for these children and their families, and I want to take this opportunity to wish them every success and happiness in this next phase of their education.”


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