Primary school admissions - survey results

We asked Mumsnetters about their experience of primary school admissions - from how confident they were their child would get a place at their first choice school, to the lengths they'd go to to guarantee a place. A summary of the key results can be found below.

 

When you were applying for this primary school place, did your child have any siblings attending your first-choice school?

  Response   Percent applying for first child Percent applying for subsequent child

Yes

 47%  0%  86%

No

 52%  99%  14%

Summary: Of Mumsnetters who had a subsequent child, the majority already had another child attending their first-choice school. This suggests that where their older children went to school was a key factor when considering the order of school preference for their subsequent children to attend

 

Thinking about a current application for a primary school place, or the most recent application you submitted: how confident are/were you that your child will/would get a place in your first-choice school?

  Response   Applying for first child Applying for subsequent child

Very confident

 37%  20%  51%

Confident

 33%  31%  33%

Neither/nor

 14% 20%  9%

Unconfident

 10%  17%  4%

Very unconfident

 6%  10%  2%

Don't know

 1%  1%  0%

Summary: Majority of Mumsnetters are confident that their child will secure a place at their first preference school; however, Mumsnetters with a subsequent child are more confident that they will be placed at their first preference school. 

 

And how confident are/were you that they will/would be offered a place at at least one of the schools on your list?

  Response   Applying for first child Applying for subsequent child

Very confident

 56%  49%  63%

Confident

 29%  31%  26%

Neither/nor

 9% 12%  6%

Unconfident

 4%  6%  2%

Very unconfident

 1%  0%  2%

Don't know

 1%  1%  1%

Summary: Mumsnetters with subsequent children were more confident that they would be offered a place at at least one of the schools on their list.

 

How much does/did it matter to you whether your child got a place in your first choice school?

  Response   Applying for first child Applying for subsequent child

It matters enormously

 68%  54%  80%

It matters quite a lot

 26%  38%  15%

It doesn't matter hugely

 5% 6%  4%

It doesn't matter at all

 1%  1%  0%

Don't know

 0%  0%  0%

Summary: For the vast majority, whether their child got a place in their first-choice school was important.

 

Now thinking about all the primary school admissions processes you have gone through for your children (not just this current/most recent process) have you ever done any of the following in order to maximise your child's chances of being offered a place

  Response   First child Subsequent child

Taken school distance/catchment areas into account when choosing where to live as a family

 26%  28%  24%

Researched local schools' admissions policies online or by telephone

 33%  37%  31%

Moved to a different address on a relatively short-term basis purely in roder to be closer to the school or be in the catchment area

 1% 1%  2%

Attended church or other religious services which you wouldn't have attended had they not had an impact on your child's chances of admission to a preferred school

 6%  7%  5%

Had your child baptised or christened (or otherwise inducted into a religion) purely to maximise their chances of being admitted to a preferred school

 3%  3%  2%

Made social connections with school staff, governors or religious leaders

 4%  4%  4%

Appealed the results of the admissions process

 5%  2%  8%

Accepted a place at your preferred school after some months/years of being on the waiting list

 4%  2%  6%

No, I/we didn't take any steps to maximise our child's chances of being offered a place at the preferred school

 48%  43%  52%

Summary: Almost half of Mumsnetters have never taken any steps to maximise their child's chance of securing a place at their preferred primary school. 'Researching local schools' admissions policies online or by telephone' was the most popular tactic, used by approximately a third. The second most popular tactic ws 'Taken school distance/catchment areas into account when choosing where to live as a family', which was exercised by approximately a quarter.

 

Would you consider lying about your home address to get your child into your first choice primary school?

  Response   Percent applying for first child Percent applying for subsequent child

Yes

 4%  3%  5%

No

 91%  93%  88%

Don't know

 5%  3%  6%

Summary: 9 in 10 Mumsnetters would not lie about their home address to get their child into their first choice primary school

 

Do you know of parents who have used fraudulent means to get their child into their first choice primary school?

  Response   Percent applying for first child Percent applying for subsequent child

Yes

 25%  27%  24%

No

 68%  65%  69%

Don't know

 6%  6%  7%

Summary: A quarter of Mumsnetters know of parents who have used fraudulent means to get their child into their first choice primary school.

 

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