Primary school offer day: 91% of children in West Sussex offered their first choice

Today is National Primary Offer Day (17 April) and families across West Sussex are finding out which primary school their children will be attending from September.

This year West Sussex County Council’s Admissions Team handled 8809 primary applications, with every child found a primary school place.

91% of those who applied to start primary school will be offered their first preference school, with over 98% offered one of their three preferences.

The team also managed 1516 applications for children who are transferring from infant to junior school. Over 99% of those who applied will be offered their first preference school.

All offers for places are being sent by email today and should arrive by 5pm.

Paul Wagstaff, Assistant Director for Education and Skills said: “Starting school is a very important time for every child and their family. I am pleased that such a high percentage of children have been offered a place at their preferred primary school.

For the small number of families who did not get one of the schools they had hoped for this will be extremely disappointing. I would encourage families in this position to contact our admissions team, who are available to discuss their options and provide support with this.”

To contact the admissions team please email or If you are unable to use email, please call our customer services team on 0330 0142903.