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Young people secure secondary school places

Ninety per cent of young people have a place at their number one choice school

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Figures released today confirm that nine out of 10 young people across the county have secured a place at their first choice of secondary school.

A total of 90.7 per cent have been offered their preferred option, five per cent their second choice and 0.76 per cent their third.

This year has seen over 7,300 applications received with an increase of 772 students compared to last year. A total of 96.5 per cent have a place at one of their top three choices.

Children and parents are being notified by Leicestershire County Council from today (1 March).


We’re delighted that nine out of 10 children have secured their first choice school and our figures are broadly in line with last year. These remain encouraging figures, particularly bearing in mind we have more children in the system and parents and children are able to exercise their right to apply for a preferred school place.

We also recognise that not every student has secured one of their preferred choices and advise anyone needing advice to get in touch as soon as possible, to discuss what options may be available to them, including an appeal


On 1 March, secondary school admissions for September 2018 are revealed across the country.

The admissions process in Leicestershire adheres to central government rules and gives parents the right to have an appeal heard by an independent panel.

Parents who applied on paper will receive a letter and those applying online will receive an email about the decision.


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  • Just over 7,300 applications were received this year, of which:
  • 90.72 per cent (6,654) secured their first choice
  • 5.01 per cent (368) secured their second choice
  • 0.76 per cent (56) secured their third choice
  • 96.49 per cent (7,078) secured one of their top three choices
  • 3.51 per cent (258) did not secure one of their choices and can appeal or take up a place at an alternative school


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