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Young people secure secondary school places

89 per cent of children offered first choice

school children walk through school corridor
School place success

Figures released today (Mon, 2 March) confirm that around nine out of ten young people across the county have secured a place at their first choice of secondary school.

A total of 89.2 per cent - that's around 6,600 students - have been offered their preferred place, 5.1 per cent received their second choice and 1.2 per cent have received their third-placed choice.

The figure for securing a place at one of their top three choices stands at 95.6 per cent, with around 7,400 applications received.

The county council has now started the process of informing parents and carers about their school place applications.

Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We’re very pleased that around nine out of 10 children have secured their first choice of school and our numbers are broadly in line with last year.

"These figures remain encouraging, particularly bearing in mind, we have around 100 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.”

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