Morley parents among the most successful in securing first choice primary school places

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Parents in Morley have been among the most successful in Leeds in getting their children into their first choice primary school this year.

The number of children starting primary school in the city in 2016 is more than in any other year ever.

More than 10,000 children will begin school in September.

On average across the whole city, 87 per cent of them have been given a place at their parents’ first choice of school.

But in Morley that figure is almost 90 per cent with 98 per cent having one of their preferred places.

Coun Neil Dawson, who represents Morley South, said: “This is important for Morley because the area has had a lot of new homes built in recent years.

“Some people have worried that the town’s schools would not be able to cope with more people moving in, but these figures show that the council have increased the number of places to meet Morley’s needs.

“There are only 12 children out of 561 who did not get one of their preferences which is still 12 too many.

“Everyone wants the best for their child and it is perfectly reasonable to have these fears, but the figures tell the true story.

“Not only does Morley have enough school places but it has places at the schools parents want .”

In Morley North, 91 per cent of children have been allocated to their first preference, and 99 per cent to a school on their preferred list.

In Morley South, 87 per cent of children have been allocated to their first preference, and 97 per cent to a school on their preferred list.