Primary schools completely full at start of term in Keighley

First published in Keighley

Reception classes in all Keighley primary schools were full this year when term started in September.

Just over 1,000 school starters across the district were denied a place at their parents’ first-choice primary schools because they were full.

A total of 1,162 children moving from primary to secondary schools were also refused their first choice during the annual admissions process.

Figures have been revealed in a report due to be discussed on Tuesday by Bradford Council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee.

The report reveals overall the number of children offered their first-choice school – out of almost 15,000 pupils – had increased on last year.

Ralph Berry, the council’s executive member for children’s services, said it was “incredible” the number had risen amid a rising population and financial cutbacks. He added: “The primary duty of the local authority is to get a place for every child.”

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