In September, over 6,500 Kirklees children will start school for the first time or transfer to junior or middle school. Recently, Kirklees Council has successfully matched almost 99 per cent of local families with one of their preferred primary schools.
With 98.9 per cent securing a place at one of the schools stated as a preference on their application.
This year, 93.1 per cent of applicants secured their first-choice primary school. 4.6 per cent received a place at their second preference, leaving 1.2 per cent who secured their third preference.
Similarly, the council matched 96 per cent of families in Kirklees to one of their preferred secondary schools.
Mel Meggs, Strategic Director for Children’s Services, said: “Starting school is always a huge step for children, as well as for their parents and carers.
“Moving to a junior or middle school is also a vital transition in a child’s life, so we are delighted that nearly every family was matched with one of their preferences.
“Kirklees schools do a wonderful job of supporting children and families, easing them into a new and nurturing environment so that they can settle quickly and achieve well.
“We wish all of these children the very best of luck as they begin their school life or head into the next stage of education. Our shared goal is for each and every child to be happy, healthy and enjoy the best possible start.”