17.04.23 – Primary School Allocations in Staffordshire, Spring Covid Vaccination Programme
Written by Hitmix Local News on 17 April 2023
The majority of parents in Staffordshire have found out today that they have been allocated their first-choice primary school.
More than 95 per cent of parents have been allocated a place at their top preferred primary school, with more than 99 per cent being offered one of their top three.
Figures revealed show that out of a total 9,155 places allocated, 8,706 received their first-choice primary school while 9,063 were allocated one of their top three.
Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader Philip White said: “It is hugely important for parents to know what school their children will be attending in September, which is why our admissions team have been working hard to ensure all Staffordshire parents know where their children will be going in the autumn.
With more children needing primary school places compared to last year, allocating school places and accommodating parental choice is always a careful balancing act. The fact that we are able to consistently allocate the overwhelming majority of parents their first-choice primary school shows how hard our admissions team works, and also how helpful it is that the majority of parents submit their primary school preferences on time.”
Parents who applied online will be receiving emails about the results from today onwards.
The next stage of the COVID vaccination programme kicks off today to give added protection to those over the age of 75 and those with weakened immune systems. 35 clinics in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be open and offering vaccinations to those who are eligible.
More than 43,000 people across the Midlands have already made bookings via the National Booking Service and many more people have booked through their own GP surgeries.
Across the county there are 140,000 people eligible for the spring vaccine, if that includes you, you will receive an invite – by text, by letter or through the NHS App, and is encouraged to book on the National Booking Service Book, cancel or change a COVID-19 vaccination appointment – NHS (www.nhs.uk) by calling 119 or by using the NHS App.
Those invited should make sure their appointment takes place at least three months since their last dose.
Vaccinations at care homes have been taking place since Monday 3 April, and so far over 2,800 care homes residents have been vaccinated.
Anyone who believes they should be eligible for a vaccine but does not get invited can check online. Alternatively, they can self-declare via the National Booking Service and then speak to a clinician on site.