Isle of Wight primary school allocations for the upcoming academic year have been unveiled today (Tuesday, April 16), revealing a high success rate for parents in securing their preferred school choices.

Hundreds of children across the Island will find out which primary school they will be attending in September.

A total of 99.4 per cent of Island parents have secured a place for their child, with the majority receiving their first-choice selections.

Every application to the Isle of Wight Council has received a school placement, with this year’s allocation seeing 96.9 per cent accepted into their top-choice school.

The total number of applications for 2024 amounted to 998, slightly lower than last year’s count of 1,024.

While the majority secured their top choices, 2.3 per cent were allocated their second-choice school, and 0.1 per cent received their third choice.

A small fraction, 0.7 per cent, were assigned a place at the nearest school when their preferences could not be met, the council said.

Cllr Jonathan Bacon, Cabinet member for children's services, education and corporate functions, said: "I am delighted the vast majority of applicants gained a place at one of their preferred schools, with most getting their first choice and all children being offered a place.

“Starting their primary education will be the beginning of a new journey for our young people, and as they settle in and make new friends, it will be an exciting time as we develop and improve education on the Island."