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Thousands of children find out what primary school they have been allocated for September 2023 on National Offer Day

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Today on National Offer Day (Monday 17 April), parents of children in the borough will receive notification of the school where their child will begin their academic journey in Reception for September 2023.

Children going to school

The number of children who will be starting school in September is slightly reduced this year due to the lower birth rate in 2018/19.

In Walsall, 3417 reception applications were received on time and every applicant who applied on time has received an offer of a school place for September 2023.

From this number, 3154 (92.3%) have been offered their first preference, 136 (3.98%) their second preference and 40 (1.17%) their third preference.

“ We have worked in partnership with Walsall schools and families to highlight the importance of getting applications in on time and this has worked. It’s a real achievement and this terrific effort from both schools and families has meant that a high proportion of children were allocated their first preference of primary school.

Our thanks to everyone that has made this happen and we wish joy and success to those children starting their learning journeys at primary school in September 2023

Sharon Kelly, Director of Access and Inclusion
Walsall Council

Of the 87 children in Walsall not offered one of their preferred schools, 66 of these applicants had expressed a preference for only one school - rather than using all of the three preferences that is available to every applicant. Walsall Council always advises applicants to utilise all three preferences and also recommends that all families contact their preferred schools before submitting an application.

The entire primary schools admissions process is now online, so parents can view their results on ‘Offer Day’ by logging into Walsall Council’s School Admissions Portal on the school admissions pages of the council website.

The council will also be sending emails to the families of all those children who submitted on time applications to confirm their school allocation.



Primary school offer numbers and percentages (as of 17 April 2023)

  • The table below shows the outcomes from the 2023 primary admission rounds.
  • The data relates to on-time applications from Walsall residents only.


 Reception Offers

September 2023

September 2022

Total Walsall on-time applications



Offered 1st preference



3182 (92.5%)

Offered 2nd preference



152    (4.42%)

Offered 3rd preference



44     (1.28%)

Offered one of their top three preferences



3378 (98.2%)

Not offered any preferred school and allocated an alternative



62       (1.8%)


Please note that this data is a snapshot of the position at the time the offers and is subject to change throughout the admission round.


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