Cllr Helen Boyd, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, says: “I am very pleased that 79% of applicants received offers for their first preference and 92% have one of their top three. We make every effort to ensure that children of secondary school age who have applied are offered a place.
“Secondary applications are increasing all the time and this year they were up by 117, but despite this the number of children gaining their top preference has increased by 143 (3%) which emphasises the hard work that our school admissions and school development teams do.
“As ever, and whilst the majority of people have got what they wanted, we of course recognise that there will be disappointed families who did not receive either their first choice or who did not receive any of their top three. That is why we continue to work hard on plans to increase the number of pupil places available locally. In addition, we recently committed to ensuring that there are sufficient places offering good quality and choice to our young people and their parents and carers.”
This year, there were 2161 pupils who applied for a secondary school, with 1693 (79%) being offered their first preference. Those being offered their second preference was 203 pupils (9%) and 89 (4%) receiving their third preference.
In comparison to 2018, 2044 applied for a secondary school and 1550 (76%) recieved their first choice.