School places

Creating choices for families with more school places

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We are determined to create more choice for parents when it comes to their children’s education and we have created around 920,000 school places since 2010, and are on track to see that number rise to a million by 2020. Standards have also risen, with 85% of schools now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, compared to 68% in 2010.

Primary school offer day

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Last year 97.7% of parents got one of their top three choices, with 91% of these being their first choice. These numbers have been gradually improving since 2014 despite rising pupil numbers during this period. School standards have also been rising – 87% of primary schools are now rated Good or Outstanding, compared to 67% in 2010.