Pupils told of school places.
Byline: Lindsey Sampson Reporter email@example.com
MOST Teesside children will be going to the primary school of their choice this September.
Youngsters and their parents have been finding out which school their children have been allocated, with more than nine out of 10 in two Teesside boroughs given their first choice school. In Middlesbrough, almost 93% - 1,897 pupils - got their first choice school, in Stockton it was just over 93%, or 2,332 youngsters.
Redcar and Cleveland Council was unable to provide its figures at the time of going to press.
In both Middlesbrough and Stockton fewer than 4% of pupils got their second place, and fewer than 1% their third choice.
Linthorpe mum-of-two Helen Costello was pleased to hear her threeyear-old son James was going to their first school of choice, Linthorpe Primary, come September. "We really wanted James to go there, it has a good reputation and we've heard a lot of good things about the school," she said. "I've spoken at length to the school's business manager and it gave me a good impression of the school."
In Stockton, just five pupils got none of their choices - only making up 0.20%, while five were yet to be allocated a place.
The figure for Middlesbrough children who got none of their chosen schools was 52, or 2.5% of all pupils in the borough.
Lynda Brown, Stockton Council's head of education, early years and complex needs, said: "We have worked hard to respond to more than 2,000 applications for places in the borough's primary schools and as a result of this more than nine out of 10 young people have been allocated a place at their first choice school.
"Unfortunately, it is impossible to guarantee everyone a place at their chosen school but every parent has the right to appeal and we will consider every case on an individual basis, in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code."
MIDDLESBROUGH: | First choice of primary |1,897 (92.9%) Second choice 77 (3.8%) | Third choice 16 (0.8%) | None of their choices 52 |(2.5%) Have yet to be allocated |a place. Only children with special needs and will be at special educational establishments are yet to be finalised a place STOCKTON: | First choice of primary |2,332 (93.24%) Second choice 86 (3.44%) | Third choice 13 (0.52%) | At least one of their top |three choices 2,431 (97.2%) Any other choices 65 |(2.6%) None of their choices 5 |(0.20%) Have yet to be allocated |a place 5 (0.20%)