In 2015 approximately 88% of applicants for primary school places were allocated their first preference, and a further 8% were allocated either their second or third preference. However this figure does not include late applications.
Where your child is ranked in the individual school’s oversubscription criteria is more important when allocating the places than where you have placed schools in your preference list.
However, we must offer you the highest preferred school we are able to at the time of allocations; this may not be your first preference depending on where you are ranked in the oversubscription criteria for each of your preferred schools.
See the schools directory for each school's oversubscription criteria.
This should give you a good idea of the chance of your child being successful in obtaining a place at your first preference school and your other preferences.
If you live in an area that has a linked school, think about including that school as one of your preferences. See the schools directory to check what the linked areas are for each school. Many schools give priority to children living in the linked area. Remember, if you live in a school’s linked area and want to be considered for a place at that school, you must include it as one of your preferences. If you do not include your linked school in your preferences and it is oversubscribed, your child may be allocated a place at another school which may be quite far from your home.