NINE out of ten children in West Berkshire about to start primary school will go to their first choice schools in September. 

The anxious wait ended yesterday (April 16) as 1,749 children found out which primary school they have been admitted to.

Most got either their first choice (89 per cent), or one of their preferred primary schools (98 per cent).

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Dominic Boeck, the lead councillor for education at West Berkshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased that so many children in West Berkshire will have a place in their chosen school. 

“Every year we work hard to match the spaces available to the choices of parents and children, and yet again we have achieved a high level of success.”

“I wish all the children the very best start in their new schools.” 

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This year, most parents and carers applied for primary school places online through the council’s website. 

Those unhappy with the place they have can appeal, by completing and returning an appeal form. Appeals will then be heard and decided by an independent panel.

Children who had applied to go to Highwood Copse Primary School, Newbury, will not being going there this September, as building work has been suspended due to the coronavirus. 

The opening of Highwood Copse has now been pushed back from September this year to September 2021.