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Most Isle of Wight parents have won a place at their first choice primary school, while 20 children will attend their nearest school with available space.

The Isle of Wight Council has revealed its primary school place allocation figures, ahead of the new term in September.

It says 97 per cent of 1,305 Island families gained a place at a school of their choice.

How do the figures break down?

The local authority says 93 per cent of parents won first choice schools, three per cent won a place at their second choice and 0.5 per cent of allocated places were at a third choice school.

However, 20 children (1.5 per cent) missed out on any chosen school and were allocated a place at the nearest school with space.

“Delighted”

Councillor Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted 97 per cent of parents gained a school of their choice. We wish all our youngsters starting primary school in September all the very best.”

The figures do not include late applications and children with an education or health care plan.

How does it compare?

In 2018, there were 1,237 applications. Of those, just over 93 per cent won a first choice place, nearly 4 per cent won a second choice place and 0.4 per cent won a third choice option. In 2018, 24 families were allocated a place at their nearest school with places.