Thousands secure place at first choice secondary school

Cheryl Sanders
March 1, 2017

More than 95% of primary school children across the Towns will be offered a place at one of their top secondary school choices today.

Nationally, more than half of the country has seen a fall in the proportions of 11-year-olds winning a place at their first choice.

In Rotherham, out of 3,408 applications for places, 98.5 per cent have been given one of their three preferred choices, with 94 per cent getting their first preference.

"The government's own figures show that an extra 750,000 school places will be needed in England by 2025, to meet a 10% rise in pupil population".

"For those who have not secured a preferred school, I would like to reassure parents that this is the very first stage of the school allocation process and that a specialist Kent County Council team is on hand to help with any queries they may have".

Nottinghamshire County Council committee chairman for children and young people's services Mr John Peck said: "As the cohort of children needing a place at secondary school continues to rise, we are particularly pleased that the number of Nottinghamshire residents securing a place at their first preference school has increased compared with previous year".

Nearly 300 more children in Nottinghamshire than past year have been offered their parents' first choice secondary school for this September.

Already councillors have agreed an additional 150 new places at Wales High School as part of wider £7m growth plans across the borough. "With the massive increase in pupil numbers and over-stretched budgets, we can not afford inefficiency and conflict".

More than 90,000 youngsters will miss out on their first choice of secondary school in England, education experts have predicted.

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "Parents should be aware that government policy is helping to create a lottery in the supply of school places between different areas of the country".

Despite the increase in numbers, more than 250 more children than a year ago will get their first preference secondary school and over 96 per cent will receive an offer from one of the four schools they named. "One reason for this situation is that new free schools are not always opened in the areas of greatest demographic need, especially at secondary level", he said.

This has meant growing pressure on places in some parts of the city and that is set to grow again in the next two years.

The government said it was creating 600,000 new school places.

"This is a direct result of the council's ongoing positive working relationships with the borough's secondary schools and academies and careful planning by the Council to ensure we have enough local places for pupils".

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