Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Council offers wrong school places

Mistakes were made when awarding first-choice school places to Isle of Wight children, a local authority has said.

An error on the Isle of Wight Council's IT system meant 11 children incorrectly received an offer at a first preference school, whilst 11 others were given a lower preference than intended.

Richard Priest, in charge of children's services, said action had been taken to ensure a "positive outcome for all".

Offers were sent to about 1,300 parents of four-year-old children.

'Apologised to parents'

They had applied for school places in reception classes in September.

The executive member for children's services, Mr Priest, said: "No first preference offers will be taken away and the 11 children who received a lower preference offer than they should have done will be offered the correct highest possible preference school.

"As a consequence of this issue the authority has had to postpone some scheduled school admission appeals hearings.

"We have apologised to the parents concerned and we appreciate that this will have caused inconvenience.

"We are now confident that the system is operating correctly and that all further offers made will be allocated correctly."

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